Photograph showing to shelves holding wrapped artworkSome nine volunteers spent the day at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery wrapping and cataloguing paintings in readiness for the museum’s multi-million pound makeover.

More than a million objects need to be carefully logged, protected and moved before work can begin on creating the £34 million Plymouth History Centre (working title) on the site of the current Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library and St Luke’s Church buildings.

The day was organised by EDF Energy’s Sally Ballard whose father is helping a community-led team gather local history exhibits for the new centre.

Sally said: “The Museum needs to safely pack away all its artefacts before the builders can start work. We had an excellent day. It was really interesting and I would urge other people to get in touch with them and offer to help. The Museum will even be running public packing sessions on selected dates in July and August so people can book themselves in and help wrap things in preparation for the renovation.”

The EDF Energy team volunteered through the company’s Helping Hands scheme. The programme allows staff two days of work time each year to support projects in their local communities through voluntary work.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture said: “Packing our collections for safe storage while the History Centre is developed is a huge task. Staff are already working extremely hard on this and are being brilliantly supported by volunteers. The EDF team wrapped 77 works of art during their day with us and we’re really grateful for the contribution they’ve made. ”

The History Centre will bring five important heritage collections together under one roof from the Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, the South West Film and Television Archive, the South West Image Bank and the Local Studies and Reference Collection from the Central Library.

To stay up to date with its progress visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/loveourpast