What a success our first event of Young Explainers 2013 has been! On Friday the 11th of October we hosted an event at the Museum named ‘Tea at the Cottonian’; there were special guests including the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Vivien Pengelley, Peter Smith, the deputy leader of Plymouth City Council as well as Monika Kinley OBE, who attended. The event was an opportunity to re-air the collection to the public whilst exposing the Young Explainers new gallery labels and guides.

The event started with Dr. Jenny Graham, Associate Professor in Art History at PlymouthUniversity, playing a mixture of 18th century music on the grand piano from the museum balcony, which was a beautiful start.

We laid out a selection of cakes and tea to fall in with the refreshments that the Mayor and Mayoress put on at the original opening of the collection. The designated ‘Cottonian Collection’ is an engaging assortment of works collected over a number of generations, made up of a variety of disciplines and deep in its own history. Through the event there was a welcome speech conducted by myself (Victoria Smith) as well as a short history of the collection.

Following this we invited the guests to split into three groups so that they could circle around the gallery to listen to small talks on the sculptures and oils as well as the theme of mythology in the collection.


[Pictured above, l-r: Katie Palmer, Luke Pitcher, Xia Yu, Victoria Smith, Cllr Peter Smith, Lord Mayor Vivien Pengelly, Ellie Barker, Natalie Butler, Liv Davies, Kristin Annus, Katy Neusten]

We had a lot of great feedback and all who attended and helped out had a marvelous time.

Pictures were taken by photography student Lewis Mulrennan-Cook. To view the Tea at the Cottonian photos, please click here.

To view his photography page, please click here.