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Pop-Up World of Languages – the first UK pop-up museum of languages!

19 October 2019, 10:00 — 14 March 2020, 16:30

Cambridge, Belfast, Edinburgh, Nottingham & London

Discover the weird and wonderful world of languages!

The UK has a museum for dog collars and lawn mowers, but not for languages. This autumn we are launching our innovative Pop-Up World of Languages to fill this gap.

Join us on a journey through our three zones to uncover the hidden treasures of languages through our family-friendly, hands-on activities and games:

Languages and me

Why should we bother to learn languages? You may be surprised to find out:

  • how learning a language can boost your brain power
  • how many languages you already know without even realising
  • where languages can take you in life

Languages around me

All you have to do is stop, look and listen! Here, you will explore:

  • different accents, and your reactions to them
  • translating the untranslatable… can it be done?
  • how YouTube, books and TV in other languages can open your eyes to new worlds

Languages in the world

There are thousands of different languages in the world! Here, you will discover:

  • which languages are most spoken and which are in danger
  • whether some languages are trickier than others
  • the different sounds and writing systems languages use

Locations and Dates

Cambridge: ‘Escape At The Grafton’, The Grafton Centre, Cambridge, CB1 1PS
19th October – 27th October 2019

There will be a preview day for a limited number of school visits on Friday 18th October. For information about availability and booking, please contact

Belfast: Accidental Theatre, 12-13 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB
1st November – 3rd November 2019

Edinburgh: To be confirmed (2nd week of November 2019)

Nottingham: The Gallery & Cecil Roberts Room (first floor), Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HP
2nd December – 7th December 2019

London: The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
14th March 2020

Information for Schools

If you are interested in a School visit to our museum, funding can be provided for transport and other expenses if your School has a high level of free school meal eligibility or is situated in an area with a high index of multiple deprivation. Please contact for more information.

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10:00 - 16:30

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