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Research/Freelancer opportunity

We are currently inviting expressions of interest from researchers/freelancers who would like to work with us to:

  1. Scope out the current range of arts, culture and heritage provision for young people across Plymouth (statutory and non-statutory provision).
  2. Consult with a wide range of young people on why they do or don’t access this current provision, what the barriers to access are and what sort of arts, culture and heritage related provision and programmes they would like to see in the city.
  3. Provide a written report of your research findings by an agreed deadline in Spring 2019.

A fee of £1,500 is available for this work.

Young Explainers Gallery Session at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

To express an interest please email a letter of application (maximum one side A4) detailing your experience along with a recent CV with details of two referees to tony.davey@plymouth.gov.uk by 12pm on 31 January 2019. The successful applicant will be requested to complete a formal quote.

For further information or an informal chat please contact Tony Davey on 01752 307592 from 3 January 2019.


Training and employability

Working with local and national partners to develop innovative approaches to career development, we are supporting opportunities and encouraging entry into the Creative and Cultural sector. The aim is to inspire a broad cross section of the community, celebrating diversity in skills and experience. By developing schemes that range from entry level tasters to postgraduate and academic routes, Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives is driving forward a new generation of creative professionals.


Young Explainers

In the past we have worked with groups of young people on initiatives such as The Core (youth forum) and Young Explainers, which was a programme open to students at University of Plymouth.

Photograph of a school group who are sitting on the floor in a foyer space, listening and watching five people who are in costume reading a presentation.

Between 2008 and 2014 students from several courses gained hands-on experience working alongside museum staff on promoting and running events for young people, producing learning materials, interpretation, research. This was through projects such as Darwin’s Voyage of Discovery, Living Reynolds, contributing film to our Plymouth Pictured: City Thru a Lens project, producing exhibition related MP3s and art bites about Sir Charles Eastlake, and a series of resources to help rediscover the bronzes, casts and oil paintings in our Cottonian Collection.

Devonport schools photography project

With support from the HLF (as part of the Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Journey to Genius project), the South Devon Decorative and Fine Art Society and RIO – the South West ACE Bridge, we launched a targeted schools project in Devonport to help develop the skills and creativity of children in the area.

The project intention was to celebrate Reynolds’ achievements in portraiture whilst based in Devonport, through creative photography workshops.

The project began in November 2015, working in three schools in the area – Devonport High School for Boys, Mount Wise Primary School and St Joseph’s RC Primary School, and culminated in a public exhibition of these fantastic photographs at Devonport Guildhall.