Valentine's Late

This event was held on 12 February 2016

Date and time

Friday 12 February, from 6pm


Free admission

All events are available on a first come, first served basis

Start your weekend with an evening of special events inspired by themes of love and romance in our collection

Enjoy live music and a pop-up bar in the Sainsbury Wing Foyer, join one of our free activities, and don't miss the last late opening of Visions of Paradise.

The Rampart Street Ramblers
6.30–7.30pm and 8–9pm, Sainsbury Wing Foyer
Stomp your feet to rootsy honky-tonk jazz and folk music

DJ Liz O'Sullivan
6–6.30pm and 7.30–8pm, Sainsbury Wing Foyer
Treat your ears to luscious exotica and electric boogaloo beats

Pop-up photo booth
6–9pm, Sainsbury Wing Foyer
Take a picture and share a moment from your evening, with King of the Booth

Historical aphrodisiacs
7–7.30pm and 8–8.30pm, Room 30
Taste historical aphrodisiacs with food historian Natasha Marks from AVM Curiosities

Fascinating fascinators
6.30–9pm, Room 34
Create beautiful fascinators inspired by the collection with Glam Hatters 

Language of fans
6.30–7pm and 7.30–8pm, Room 6
Discover the language of fans with the curators of the Fan Museum

Courtly dancing
6–6.30pm, 7–7.30pm, and 8–8.30pm, Room 9
Learn historical steps with dancers and musicians from Renaissance Footnotes 

Drop-in drawing
6.30–7pm and 7.30–8pm, Room 10
Improve your drawing skills in this artist-led session

#PaintedLovers tour
6.30–7pm and 7.30–8pm, Sainsbury Wing Foyer
Discover the stories of love and romance within our collection from one of our experts. Free tickets available on 12 February at the Sainsbury Wing Information Desk

Please note, photography will take place at this event. 

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Image above: Detail from Garofalo, An Allegory of Love, probably about 1527-39