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 Thursday, May 01, 2014

Monthly openings in (and around) London

First» Sir John Soane's Museum: Candlelit evening opening (first Tuesday) (WC2)
» First Thursdays: After-hours opening at dozens of East London's galleries (that's tonight!) (map) (E1/E2-ish)
» Clowns Gallery Museum: Buffoonery in a Dalston church hall (first Friday) (E8)
» London Sewing Machine Museum: Quirky, densely-packed and marvellous (SW17)» Ragged School Museum: A Victorian lesson is given monthly (E3)
» Wandle Industrial Museum: How Merton grew up (CR4)
» Croydon Airport Visitor Centre: London's first air terminal (CR0)
» Shirley Windmill: Croydon tower mill (CR0)
» Little Holland House: Arts and Crafts jewel in Carshalton (SM5)
» Kirkaldy Testing Museum: Victorian metal testing centre (alas doomed to close in June, so go now!) (SE1)
Second » Second Saturdays: Art drop-in for kids at the Museum of London (EC2)» Harmondsworth Barn: The Grade I 'Cathedral of Middlesex' (UB7)
Third  » Copped Hall: Inner Essex mansion and gardens under restoration (CM16)
» Datchworth Museum: Tiny Herts blacksmith (SG3)
» Mountnessing Windmill: Essex spinner (CM15)
Last» Lates: The Science Museum does special stuff every last Wednesday evening (SW7)
» Friday Late: A programme of events at the V&A, every last Friday of the month (SW7)
» Lates: Last Fridays at the Natural History Museum (SW7)
 » Whitewebbs Museum of Transport: Open days in Enfield (EN2)
» Croxley Great Barn: Medieval monastic storage (WD3)
» Coalhouse Fort: Tilbury's Victorian coastal defence (RM18)

There are many museums and attractions in and around London. Too many, in fact, for them all to receive a decent number of visitors every day, so some are only open occasionally. I'm trying to knock together a calendar of attractions that only open once a month. Can you help?

The majority of these monthly museums open on a Sunday, usually the first of the month. Saturdays are much less popular, and weekdays generally the preserve of evening events. And nobody ever thinks about "third Saturdays" or "fourth Sundays", so attractions tend not to open on these highly forgettable dates.

But I reckon I've missed a few once-a-months off my list. Please, if you know any more, let me know.

Please note:
» 'Monthly' means once a month. Not twice a month, or an entire weekend a month, but once a month.
» Museums and attractions only, not events. So, for example, I can't accept the Critical Mass bike ride (last Friday of the month), and I won't accept monthly club nights, meetings or markets, etc.
» Regular openings only. So I can't accept Late London at the Museum of London on the third Thursday of this month, because it's not always so.
» I am willing to accept places that occasionally open on other days, so long as there's a definite main once-a-month opening.
» I'll accept attractions just outside London, sort of inner Home Counties, but no further. No Brighton, no Birmingham, no Belfast.
» There must be a few weekday once-offs, surely? Any Second Tuesdays or Third Thursdays?
» You might find some ideas in Ian's excellent calendar. But I bet these search engines won't be much help.
» Be patient and I'll start adding your suggestions this evening. Come on, because if we miss that one-off opening, it's a long wait until the next.

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