Photograph of Plymouth's Civic Centre council office Devon grade 2 two listed building, known as the Council HouseWhile the main Museum building is closed for the development of the History Centre staff are running a series of events, activities and community projects in offsite locations across the city and beyond.

The Council House will be used as a venue for a series of exhibitions that highlight Museum collections, local history anniversaries and exciting visual arts projects.

Ian Bowyer, Plymouth City Council Leader said: “The ‘Museum On Tour’ programme is taking the Museum experience to many different places – not just here in Plymouth but across the region. We’re thrilled to be supporting this and to provide the Council House as a venue for what I’m sure will be a really interesting programme of changing exhibitions throughout the year.”

Quarry Series: De Lank XV (detail) by Lar Cann © The artist.The exhibition programme begins on Saturday 21 January with ‘Plymouth Society of Artists: Land and Water’.

Featuring a series of works by selected members from this long-established artists group, the show will run until the end of Saturday 4 March. Some of the pieces on display will be for sale so visitors will have the chance to purchase a unique piece of art as well as see what some of the region’s most established artists are producing.

This will be followed with a nationally touring exhibition that presents a vision of the country from 60 years ago.

‘Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration’ will be on display from Saturday 25 March to Saturday 3 June and explores the history of post-war design.

A photograph of a metallic green Vespa from the 1950s“The 1950s was a time when Britain emerged from a period of austerity and rationing after the Second World War and began to modernise itself,” explains programmes manager, Mark Tosdevin. “As the country became more prosperous, leading artists became household names and good design became affordable.”

The exhibition looks at all aspects of 1950s design with a diverse range of objects including furnishings, fabrics, ceramics, cutlery, magazines, machinery as well as an iconic Vespa.

The 1950s was a significant decade for Plymouth when the devastation of the Blitz led to an ambitious rebuilding programme – the legacy of which can still be seen today.

Later in the year visitors will also be able to see a display highlighting the experience of the Second World War and the city’s reconstruction. Further exhibitions focussing on Beryl Cook, Captain Cook and more are also in development.

Viewing hours for exhibitions at the Council House will be 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday (last entries at 3.30pm). Admission is free and there is no need to book. Talks and tours relating to the exhibitions will also be on offer. Full details can be found in the What’s On section.


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