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Scaplen’s Court, Secret Garden Opens for Museums’ at Night

Poole Museum will open the doors to Scaplen’s Court and its walled garden for the evening on Saturday 19 May as part of the national Museums at Night scheme.

Visitors will be invited to take a rare glimpse around one of Poole’s finest medieval buildings and soak up the twilight atmosphere in its exclusive walled herb garden. Scaplen’s Court is not often open to the public, so this is a special opportunity to have a look around. Visitors can explore the house and garden at their leisure, while being serenaded by a musician. Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase.

Scaplen’s Court was built in the 15th century, and has been a merchant’s house, an inn for travellers, a furniture workshop, a Victorian slum, and latterly a museum and education centre. The garden, which will be lit during the event, was laid out as a Tudor herb and physic garden by the renowned garden architect, George Dilliston of Tunbridge Wells, who was also responsible for the garden at Castle Drogo.

The event promises to be a magical and relaxing evening. Scaplen’s Court is open as part of the national Museums at Night campaign which will see hundreds of museums and galleries open their doors for out-of-hours events.

Councillor Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole said: "It is essential for us all to be aware of Poole's history and so we are delighted to open up one of the town's historic buildings to the public.  We hope as many people as possible will join us at this rare opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of a medieval house and garden in a relaxed twilight setting."

The event is completely free and will take place on Saturday 19 May 2012 between 6pm and 9pm.
 
For more information about the event contact Trudie Cole on 01202 262623, or email t.cole@poole.gov.uk

For more information about Museums at Night see http://www.culture24.org.uk/places+to+go/museums+at+night

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