by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

We have some new things to report in relation to our ‘On Tour’ programme this week!

Maker Camp, CornwallOur first piece of news is about a project we’ve been supporting since late 2016. ‘Maker Memories’ has been recording stories, collecting photographs, ephemera and objects for the last 18 months to build the story of Maker Camp near Kingsand and Cawsand in Cornwall.

People of all ages have memories of Maker – from those who visited on a school holiday in the 1950’s to the present day.

A new display is highlighting what the project has discovered so far. You can see it at Maker Heights until 14 April. After that you can view it on Floor 5 of House of Fraser from 17 April until 23 May.


'Head of a Girl' by Milton Dacosta. Copyright Plymouth Museums Galleries ArchivesOur second piece of news is that two paintings from our art collection have gone on loan to London for ‘The Art of Diplomacy: Brazilian Modernism Painted for War’.

The exhibition opened this week and will run until 22 June with works by 20 of Brazil’s finest Modernist artists on display.

It commemorates the story of the 25,000 Brazilian troops who joined the Allies in 1944 to fight in the Second World War. It also commemorates the first Brazilian art exhibition held in London that same year. The sale of the works helped raise funds for the British military effort.

The two Plymouth works featured in the exhibition are ‘Head of A Girl’ by Milton Dacosta (1915-1988) (pictured above) and ‘Composition’ by Oswald de Andrade Filho (1914-1972).

You can find out more about the exhibition which is being held at Sala Brasil, the gallery of the Embassy of Brazil here. You can also take a look at an online version of the exhibition catalogue below.


The Age of Innocence by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Copyright Plymouth Museums Galleries ArchivesOur third piece of news is that we are loaning one of our Sir Joshua Reynolds works to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter for an exhibition that explores the changing face of childhood.

The work is the ‘Age of Innocence’ – one of Reynolds’ best known and most copied paintings.

Fascinatingly, it has an air of mystery surrounding it. It may date from 1785 or 1788. It may be of Reynolds’ great-niece Theophila Gwatkin or a completely different child. It may have originally been called ‘A Little Girl’.

You can see it on display from 8 May to 18 November. Find out more here.