Information for Schools and Colleges

Year 8 Night at the Museum

Night At The Museum

The ultimate sleepover at the Great North Museum: Hancock

A Night At The Museum attendee facing up to a T-Rex.


‌Night at the Museum gives Year 8 students the opportunity to discover more about university life in a fun and unusual way. Pupils will get to explore the campus, learn more about subject areas, and experience an overnight stay at the Great North Museum: Hancock. The programme will include interactive taster sessions, team building projects and social activities.

Our next event will take place on 1-2 February 2018.

Programme & Event Information

Find out what to expect from the event by reading our Night at the Museum Information Booklet (PDF: 2184KB) and checking the Night at the Museum Programme ‌ (PDF: 100KB).

Information for School Staff

It is not compulsory for school staff to attend this event, but are welcome to do so if they wish*. If the party of students from your school is extremely large, however, we may request a member of staff to attend. If you would like to arrange transport for a group of students from your school to attend this event, please complete our Visit Bursary application form.

*Unfortunately we are unable to provide accommodation for teachers but are able to provide local hotel information on request.

Contact Us

If you've got any questions, please contact us.


Applications for this event have now closed.

All applicants should have recieved an email in December 2017 to notify them of the outcome of their application.

Please email us at if you applied for this event and have not recieved an email.


Night at the Museum is organised and delivered by a trained team of University staff, available 24 hours a day. Students are divided into groups of 10, and each group is led by experienced Student Representatives.

‌‌Child protection

Before any student is accepted on to Night at the Museum, we ask for parental consent. We also ensure that every student has signed and agreed to a specific code of conduct. All members of staff and Student Representatives working on the event hold an enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau and are fully trained in child protection issues.

Please read our Child Protection Policy for more details.

Risk assessment

We take our responsibilities towards health and safety very seriously and have produced a detailed Risk Assessment for this event.

What to Pack

You can wear casual clothes at Night at the Museum - whatever you feel comfortable in.

You will be walking around Newcastle University's campus during your visit so make sure you bring a warm/waterproof jacket and some comfy shoes!


  • Clothes that you can easily move around in for activities
  • Comfortable shoes (preferably flat) – you will be doing a lot of walking
  • Warm sleepwear
  • Underwear and socks
  • Warm coat

Other items:

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag/Duvet
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Flannel
  • Any medication that you need
  • Toiletries (please note, shower facilities will only be available to students with special requirements)
  • Hairbrush
  • Glasses/contact lenses/solutions (if required)
  • Small amount of money for snacks
  • Travel ticket (including return ticket) if you are arranging your own travel
  • Small bag to carry things in during the day

Please do not bring:

  • Expensive jewellery or other items
  • Electrical equipment
  • Large amounts of money
  • Any other items of high value

Roll up mattresses will be available for all attendees, however you may optionally bring an inflatable single airbed. Due to space limitations, please do not bring a double mattress - you will not have enough room to inflate it. 

Download this Suggested Packing List (PDF: 149KB) so you can tick off the items when they're in your bag and ready to go!