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Decant Day, 28 September 2016: Up Close with the Collections

by Steve Conway, Decant Officer Well it’s really happening.  The Museum has closed and the final push is on to clear our amazing collections out of the building ready for the contractors to start work in January. If you visited the Museum before we closed you would have seen us carefully packing collections from the […]

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Decant Day, 14 September 2016: Packing with the Public

by Lottie Clark, Art Curator Those of you who ventured into the Museum and Art Gallery in the last months before we closed would have noticed a hive of activity taking place in our ‘It’s A Wrap!’ exhibition. The reason for this is that we were lucky enough to have a dedicated area set aside […]

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Decant Day, 31 August 2016: Packing up the Art Store

Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer As the final week before the City Museum and Art Gallery closes its doors to the public (Saturday 3 September) progresses, so too do our packing efforts behind the scenes! One of the biggest tasks we’ve undertaken recently is the packing up of our main art store and our ‘In […]

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Decant Day, 17 August 2016: Plan Chests and Patch Boxes

by Lottie Clark, Decant Curator Throughout the summer the decant has been all about the art collections! This isn’t surprising as the combined collections of Fine Art and Decorative Art amount to nearly 50% of the collections being decanted. We’ve had professional art-moving contractors in to pack and transport over 140 paintings – with the […]

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Decant Day, 3 August 2016: People Power

By Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer We’ve been talking a lot about the importance of volunteer support in some of our previous posts and videos, and it’s a topic that I’m sure we’ll keep returning to as the History Centre project progresses. Quite recently nine business and IT specialists from EDF Energy’s Plymouth office came in […]

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Decant Day, 20 July 2016: Freezing Film

By Stacey Anderson, Archive Director, South West Film and Television Archive The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the largest regional film archive in the UK and one of the founding partners for the History Centre project. The current focus for decanting is the Museum and Art Gallery, and the film and television […]

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Decant Day, 6 July 2016: The Importance of Training

by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer As those of you who’ve been reading our blog posts will know there’s a lot of packing going on behind the scenes at the City Museum and Art Gallery! We’re emptying the building bit by bit so we can hand it over to the construction firm who will […]

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Decant Day, 22 June 2016: Rediscovering Branscombe Lace

By Alison Cooper, Curator of Decorative Art One of the great things about the decant process is that we’re getting to know our collections much better. With over a million objects in our collections, it would take a long time for any curator to get to physically see every object. This is a rare chance […]

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Decant Day, 8 June 2016: Packing our World Cultures Collection

By Tabitha Cadbury, Curator of Social History and World Cultures In preparation for the redevelopment of the Museum and Art Gallery for the History Centre, myself and my colleague Rachel Smith have started to pack and document our world cultures collections. There are over 4,000 objects altogether. About 10% of these are currently on display in […]

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Decant Day, May 25th 2016: Secret Love Poem Discovery?

By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator During any great development project involving collections you get an in-depth reintroduction to the treasures tucked away within the stores. While rifling through drawers of photographs, sketches or drawings; or working through boxes of costume; sky-high racks of painting and artworks; or cabinets of beetles, you’re bound to make discoveries […]

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