A heritage firm gave children at Claire House Hospice the night of their lives at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum.

The 11 children were in for a surprise when they pitched up at the Grosvenor Street museum for what was billed as a Night at the Museum film night, organised by Big Heritage.

The youngsters assumed they were just going to the museum to watch the latest Night at the Museum film but Hollywood magic became reality as they became embroiled in a quest to save the museum from a mysterious ‘phantom’ - with help coming from the numerous museum mannequins that sprung to life whilst they were watching the film.

All the roles were played by actors and historic reenactors who’d spent two months carefully planning the event.

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Big Heritage founder Dean Paton said: “We are proud supporters of Claire House, but this was a way we could offer a ‘money can’t buy’ experience for a group of young people that deserve recognition for the bravery and zest for life they’ve shown in difficult family circumstances. We can’t thank enough the 22 volunteers who gave up their time to make this happen and the amazing people at the Grosvenor Museum. We constantly strive to bring the past to life for people, and we certainly managed it here!”

Natasha Williamson from Claire House family support team said: “It was a magical event that the children will never forget. Daleks fighting cowboys, Romans chasing Cavaliers and Vikings drinking tea with Second World War soldiers. It was a simply amazing night with some incredible planning. We are so grateful to Big Heritage and the museum for making this happen.”

The event ended with the children camping out for the night in the museum galleries, and were escorted in the morning on a tour around the city walls before a huge breakfast party that was donated by Ed’s Diner in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre.