by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

We’ve had a really hectic couple of weeks since I was last able to write something for the blog. As a result, I thought I’d use today’s post to roundup some of the latest developments with our ‘On Tour’ programme.

Firstly, we made a big announcement about our next partnership exhibition with Peninsula Arts a few days ago. ‘Trans-Form’ opens in the Peninsula Arts Gallery on 16 April and features 11 large-scale paintings by award-winning artist Trevor Bell.

Bell sadly passed away while the exhibition was in development but was closely involved in the selection of the works, so it’s a very special show.

Find out more from our official press release here.

The exhibition page with further links to some of our related events is here.

Bird, 2016 by Trevor Bell - web

Have you taken a look at the programme for this year’s History Festival yet? There are more than 100 events on offer at a huge range of venues across the city and we’ve just added Crownhill Fort’s ‘Firepower Day’ and an exhibition called ‘History Paintings’ at Plymouth Arts Centre and Plymouth College of Art to the list.

The website is now live and we are busy finalising the brochure which will shortly be going off to the printers!

Take a look at the festival website here.

Photograph of a miniature replica galleon ship

Slightly further afield, there are just a couple more weeks to see the ‘Dartmoor: A Wild and Wondrous Region’ exhibition at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter. The exhibition includes two works of art on loan from our collections and runs until 31 March.

The Cookworthy Museum in Kingsbridge is getting ready to open its doors to the public once more from 26 March. This year, visitors will be able to see an updated version of the ‘William Cookworthy: Pioneer of Porcelain’ exhibition. A number of loans from our significant Plymouth Porcelain collection are included in this.

We have loaned Nancy Astor’s ‘Parliamentary Uniform’ to the National Trust for its ‘Branded: fashion, feminity and the right to vote’ exhibition at Killerton House in Cullompton. The exhibition explores how women’s fashion became politicised during the campaign for women’s suffrage in the early 1900’s. Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take a seat in the House of Commons and this is the outfit she wore when she was introduced to Parliament on 1 December 1919.

A curator puts Nancy Astor's 'Parliamentary Uniform' on a mannequin. Image from Devon Live.

Finally, we’re looking for Ambassadors for The Box – a team of volunteers who can inspire enthusiasm and engage with people through a number of our ‘On Tour’ activities. If you’d like to find out more, why not come along to our drop in session at House of Fraser, Floor 5 at any time between 1pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday 20 March? If you can’t attend the session, we’d still love to hear from you. You can find out more from our Volunteer page. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there.