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Decant Day, 27 April 2016: Preparing the Costume Collection for Decant

By Alison Cooper, Curator of Decorative Art The costume and textile store is just one area of the Museum which has to be decanted to MASS as we prepare for the building of the Plymouth History Centre. The costume and textile collection holds nearly 10,000 items including male and female dress from the 17th through to […]

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History Centre Heroes: Dame Sophia Wintz

Dame Sophia Wintz (1847-1929) was a Swiss-born woman (pictured right) and a great friend of Dame Agnes Weston. Together they co-founded the Sailors’ Rests in Plymouth (1876) and Portsmouth (1881). Wintz also helped establish the Royal Naval Temperance Society, journals such as Monthly Letters and Ashore and Afloat, and a library for sailors which distributed literature to […]

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Decant Day, 13 April 2016: Spring Progress Report

By Steve Conway, Decant Officer Is it me or is spring in the air?  All the signs are there:  the daffodils, the buds on trees, the sparrows nesting in the eaves of my roof.  And yet 60 mph winds battered the South West at the weekend, while a friend of mine in Cardiff posted a […]

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History Centre Heroes: Dame Agnes Weston

This amazing woman lived from 26 March 1840 to 23 October 1918. She co-founded The Sailors’ Rests and campaigned tirelessly to improve the lot of her beloved ‘bluejackets’ whom she published a book about in 1909 (‘Life Among the Bluejackets’). In 1918 her work for the Royal Navy was recognised when she was appointed Dame […]

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History Centre Heroes: Waldorf Astor

Plymouth is currently marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz and Waldorf Astor (1879-1952) was Lord Mayor at the time. Born in America, brought up in England, MP for Plymouth from 1910-1919, Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Lloyd George, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministries of Food and Health, newspaper publisher, racehorse owner/breeder and supporter of […]

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History Centre Heroes: Dr Mabel Ramsay

Here’s the first of a new series of regular posts to highlight the ‘History Centre Heroes’ many of you have talked to us about over the last few months. Our first hero is the remarkable Dr Mabel Ramsay (1878-1954). Dr Mabel Ramsay was the first woman President of the Plymouth Medical Society, the first woman […]

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Decant Day, 30 March 2016: ‘Off The Shelf’ at the British Museum

By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator Being involved in the Museum Decant doesn’t always mean packing boxes! We also have to stay connected to what the sector is up to and keep abreast of new trends and changes to practice and policy. Through this we can find out what other institutions are doing to combat certain […]

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Decant Day, 16 March 2016: Volunteer Packing Sessions

By Lottie Clark, Decant Curator You heard from our Decant Officer Steve in our last blog post, so it seemed only fair for me to introduce myself too as the other new member of the Decant Team here at the City Museum and Art Gallery! So, hello everyone I’m Lottie and, as Steve mentioned, one […]

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Decant Day, 2 March 2016: And so it begins…

By Steve Conway, Decant Officer Things are beginning to come together at last. In January, after many months of discussions and diplomacy, we signed the lease on our temporary offsite store. This means that the packing and movement plans I’ve been working on since I started in October can now be put into action. This […]

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City unveils commemorative slab in honour of First World War hero

PRESS RELEASE: The first of four commemorative paving slabs dedicated to Plymouth-born soldiers who received the Victoria Cross for their bravery during World War I has been unveiled on the Hoe.

The slab is in memory of Alfred Joseph Richards VC (21 June 1879 – 21 May 1953) – a Plymouth-born soldier who served in the Lancashire Fusiliers and who saw action at Gallipoli, Turkey.

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