We aim to provide lasting and relevant outcomes for the arts and cultural sector, working with our partners at Plymouth Culture to supporting initiatives such as New Expressions. The work we carry out with RAMM in Exeter through the Major Partner Museums (MPM) funding stream is aimed at driving and delivering excellence in museums.
We are able to tell Plymouth’s stories through a variety of ways – such as exhibitions and displays, public art and community engagement to name but a few. This is often achieved through partnerships with regional and national museums and organisations and supported through strong connections with researchers, artists, volunteers, communities and colleagues in Plymouth City Council to deliver the best services possible.
History Centre partners
As custodians of collections at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth West Devon Record Office and the Plymouth Local Studies Library, the City Council is leading on the History Centre project.
SWFTA is the official Film and TV archive for the South West of England. All of their outstanding collections will be brought under the management of the Plymouth History Centre.
The unique collections include the news and programme libraries from Westward Television and TV South West, together with footage which dates back to the late Victorian era.
Supported by a large team of volunteers who catalogue, copy, digitize and manage the footage, SWFTA hopes to make more of the footage, more available to more people.
SWIB is currently the custodian of some 170 individual collections and close to one million negatives dating back to the 1870s. The archive collectively exists as the largest body of photographic records in the region. The Plymouth History Centre will benefit greatly from having access to these collections.
The partners within Plymouth University include the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Peninsula Arts. They are the official partner responsible for providing expertise to ensure the Centre attracts and appeals to both students and researchers from around the country. Their vision for the centre is to create a learning hub, as well as a visitor attraction.
The Devonport Naval Heritage Centre records the development of The Dockyard and Plymouth’s pivotal role in supporting the Royal Navy through major conflicts since 1300, including two World Wars. Through its collection of over 100,00 artefacts in eight galleries covering 2,500 square meters of displays, interactive experiences and pictorial interpretation the drama of the close relationship of Devonport, the Royal Navy, The Dockyard and the people of Plymouth can be explored. It is open for tours by appointment. Open Days are held at various times throughout the year and there are regular public visit sessions during the summer months too. The Plymouth History Centre hopes to be able to take loan items from the centre once it is open and will benefit greatly from having access to this historic collection.
Reach South West with RAMM, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Plymouth and Exeter Museums: Bringing the South West Together
Reach South West is a complementary partnership between the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) in Exeter and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.
Connected by a shared journey of exploration and discovery, the two museums’ combined experiences make them natural partners. Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum investment in Reach South West reflects the close bond that the two organisations have developed. Their continued collaboration enables them to lead and influence new work to interpret world class collections and engage diverse audiences.
Early career development
We have delivered a series of ‘gateway seminars’ for emergent artistic professionals on a variety of themes as part of our work on early career development.
The seminars are:
- Pricing in the arts – do you know how to realistically cost your work as an artist?
- Digital gateways – how can make the most of digital media to develop your work as an artist?
- Finding an audience – how do you connect with your audience and how do you develop your brand as an artist?
- Funding – find out about what makes a good Grant for the Arts funding application with this presentation from Ceri Johnson at the Arts Council
- Project management – what makes a successful project?
The Reach South West partnership has worked successfully on a number of collaborative projects. These three films highlight just some of our achievements using our ‘Major Partner Museum’ funding from Arts Council. These include:
- Career development programme
- Supporting creative collaborations – working with artists and communities alike
- Hidden histories – reaching a diverse range of audiences in the museums