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History Centre Heroes: Charles Dance

Accomplished actor, screenwriter and film director Charles Dance spent his childhood in Plymouth. He was born in Redditch, Worcestershire on 10 October 1946. His dad Walter passed away when he was just four years old and his mum Nell went on to marry the lodger. Her new husband Edward was a civil servant working for the Admiralty […]

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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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History Centre Heroes: Angela Mortimer

Did you know that Plymouth is the birthplace of a former Wimbledon champion? Florence Angela Margaret Mortimer Barrett was born in Plymouth on 21 April 1932 and was raised in Kingkerswell near Newton Abbot, Devon. She didn’t start playing tennis until the age of 15. Despite being a ‘late bloomer’ and partially deaf, her talent […]

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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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History Centre Heroes: Heather Knight

England women’s cricketer Heather Clare Knight was born in Plymouth on 26 December 1990. Much of her early cricket education was at Plymstock Cricket Club where she started playing for the colts in the under-9s. Marcus Trescothick and Michael Atherton were her inspiration. Since 2001 she has progressed through the ranks at a local and […]

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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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History Centre Heroes: Wayne Sleep

Wayne Philip Colin Sleep OBE spent much of his childhood in Hartlepool in the north of England – but Plymouth will always be able to lay claim to the fact that it’s the place where this British dancer, director, choreographer, actor, panellist and world record holder was born on 17 July 1948. Sleep started dancing lessons […]

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History Centre Heroes: Charles Darwin

Although he didn’t come from Plymouth, the famous naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) will forever be linked with this city. He was born on 12 February 1809 in Shrewsbury; the second youngest of six children. His father Dr. R. W. Darwin was a medical doctor. His grandfather Dr. Erasmus Darwin was a renowned botanist. As […]

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Decant Day, 11th May 2016: 100th Box!

By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator We recently hit the first of many milestones during our Museum decant – we packed our 100th box from the Ceramic collection! Usually the packing volunteers are working in our Decorative Art Store, deep in the basement of the Museum. So when it came to our 100th box they had a bit […]

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History Centre Heroes: Sir Patrick Abercrombie

Sir Leslie Patrick Abercrombie (1879-1957) was born in Greater Manchester and trained as an architect. He held the posts of Professor of Civic Design at Liverpool’s School of Architecture and Professor of Town Planning at University College London in the early part of his career. He made his name and reputation with award-winning designs for Dublin’s […]

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