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The Old Town Walls of Plymouth (Part 1)

May 21st 2016

Saturday 21 May, 11am to 1pm (meet at 10.45am for a prompt start) Meet at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, Unit 3, Clare Place, Plymouth PL4 0JW Join Walks with History for a walk around the Barbican area and the site of Plymouth Fort before continuing on to the City Centre where there […]

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The Old Town Walls of Plymouth (Part 2)

May 21st 2016

Saturday 21 May, 1.30pm to 3pm (meet at 1.15pm for a prompt start) Meet at the Sun Dial, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1LA Discover even more with Walks with History as you go via Drake Circus and Ebrington Street following the line of the northern wall back to Coxside. £2 per person / Booking is […]

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War Games

February 6th 2016 - June 18th 2016

Explore the fascinating relationship between conflict and children’s play, with this major touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood that gives an insight into the way toys have been influenced by warfare from the 1800s to the present day. With toys and games including Risk, G.I. Joe, classic toy soldiers and action figures, as […]

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In The Frame: Plymouth’s Portraits Revealed

January 1st 2016 - July 30th 2016

Come and see an exhibition that delves more deeply into Plymouth’s portrait collection and presents characters that are new or rarely seen as well as some more familiar faces. ‘In the Frame’ features one of our most recent acquisitions – an early self-portrait by Plympton-born 18th century artist, Sir Joshua Reynolds. This is set amongst […]

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The Influence of Italy

January 1st 2016 - September 3rd 2016

Taking as its focus our newly-acquired sketchbook, which was completed by Sir Joshua Reynolds between 1750-52, this display investigates what attracted the young artist to Italy and the lasting influence his tour had on his life and art. Scroll through a digital version of our sketchbook and see what caught Reynolds’ eye as he sketched […]

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Here is Where We Came From by Holly Davey

May 7th 2016 - September 3rd 2016

A Plymouth Arts Centre commission in partnership with Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage) for the History Centre Artist Holly Davey commemorates 75 years since the Plymouth Blitz destroyed the city’s historic centre. The commission, which has been inspired by her family history and Lee Miller’s photograph of a bombed out chapel, reflects on the […]

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Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection by Clare Twomey

Established British ceramic artist, Clare Twomey has created a brand new installation inspired by our Plymouth Porcelain collection. ‘Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection’ can be viewed above the doors of our China Connection gallery and will remain on display indefinitely. The artwork features 33 suspended cases containing white porcelain objects that have been cast from […]

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Head Above Water

July 23rd 2016 - September 3rd 2016

A History Centre partnership project delivered by Peninsula Arts and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Curated by Lara Goodband, Sea Swim Explore the sensations, stories and psychological effects of sea bathing in this nationally touring exhibition. ‘Head Above Water’ reveals the swimmer’s experience through film, photography, sculpture, drawing and poetry. Through working with swimmers […]

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Shakespeare 400: Much Ado About Colouring

April 23rd 2016

Try your hand at our Shakespeare and Drake-themed trail and colouring activities as the world marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. Admission is free. Donations welcome. No need to book. Drop in for as little or as long as you like.

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Meet Nurse Phyllis

May 14th 2016

Step back in time with a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse from World War I. Phyllis Martin was born and bred in Plymouth and, like many other nurses, played a pivotal role in the war. She is also famous for capturing a personal pictorial record of the Allied Forces. Come along and meet Phyllis as she […]

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