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Museum On Tour, 7 June 2017: New exhibitions and events

by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer Summer was always a fun time at the Museum and Art Gallery before we closed. We would make sure we had exhibitions on display that were of interest to local residents and tourists. Our holiday workshop programme brought many families into the building and gave children lots of […]

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Mystery items from our Farley’s collection

Our Social History curator has been working on a collection that relates to the Farley’s factory which was in Plymouth. She has been unable to identify what these objects are, so we’d like to hear from anyone that can help. They look as though they would be used to carry out a fairly specific job so we […]

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Uncollected object enquiries project

By Florence Morgan-Richards, Project Assistant Following on from our Stories from the Stores project we are looking at all the objects in the stores which are not part of the Social History collection. Over the years many local people have brought objects into the Museum for identification and loan. Some of these objects never found […]

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The early times of Reynolds at Plymouth Dock

By Celia Bean, project volunteer Before he was 20 Joshua Reynolds had declared that if he did not prove himself to be the best painter of the age by the time he reached 30 he never would.  So we can assume that when he returned to Plympton St Maurice in 1743 after prematurely finishing his […]

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Reflecting on Cornish life – Portrait of Jack Clemo by Lionel Miskin

The following has been written by Rachel Wright, volunteer on the ‘In the Frame’ project who has researched Portrait of Jack Clemo by Lionel Miskin. As just one of a series of portraits of Jack Clemo in a variety of mediums, this oil painting represents the marriage of two cornerstones of Cornish cultural history.  Following […]

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In the Frame conservation work

By Alison Cooper, Curator of Decorative Art As we draw closer to the opening of the ‘In the Frame’ exhibition and as the final selection of works for the show has been made, we are now looking at the conservation work required for the exhibition. Each work has undergone a brief assessment so that we […]

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Toy stories – can you help?

One of the key messages from the exhibition was that visitors thought we ought to have more toys and games in the collection. We do have a few Victorian examples and we recently added to our collection of early 20th century board games, but we don’t have much from recent decades. You told us that […]

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Stories from the Stores – your thoughts…

by Rachel Smith, Curator of Social History and World Cultures I think it’s fair to say that a blog update is long overdue. However, I am very happy to be able to share you with some of the things that we learned from our exhibition last summer. Thank you very much to anyone who visited […]

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Bush factory memories

Since our Stories from the Stores exhibition finished, staff and volunteers are still busy working on the social history collection. Work has continued on the audit, adding information and images to our database, and looking through some stories you left whilst visiting the exhibition. As Bush Radio was a local factory, it was no surprise that many […]

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Lithuania to Plymouth – a volunteer’s story

by Ieva Anušauskaitė, student of Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences In May, before leaving my homeland Lithuania I had visited one very bright priest, who was an ex-parson of my home-town parish. I was writing an essay about the history of my home-town church. That’s why I needed to visit him. I bragged to him […]

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