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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?
  • the many languages around us in our cities, towns and villages

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
2nd November – 3rd November 2019
School visits: 4th November - 5th November 2019

Edinburgh: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
8th November – 10th 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

Free, no registration required
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