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Behind The Scenes, 3 May 2018: Lots of condition checking

by Val Grant, Collections Assistant with thanks to Terah Walkup, Art Curator The hard work is continuing behind the scenes as we prepare our collections for the move to The Box. Staff are condition checking the permanent collections that will go into the galleries that are being developed for The Box. Myself and our other Collections […]

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Museum On Tour, 2 May 2018: ‘Trans-Form’ by Trevor Bell

by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer ‘Trans-Form’ by Trevor Bell opened in the Peninsula Arts Gallery recently and is on display until the end of 26 May. It’s the latest exhibition delivered through the partnership between Peninsula Arts and The Box. It was curated and conceived by Joseph Clarke from Anima-Mundi, St Ives. The […]

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Museum On Tour, 11 April 2018: From Maker to Brazil

by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer We have some new things to report in relation to our ‘On Tour’ programme this week! Our first piece of news is about a project we’ve been supporting since late 2016. ‘Maker Memories’ has been recording stories, collecting photographs, ephemera and objects for the last 18 months to […]

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Behind The Scenes, 4 April 2018: New images from the store and more

by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer with thanks to Terah Walkup, Art Curator; Lottie Clark, Curator and Jan Freedman, Natural History Curator Today’s post rounds up a range of collections-based news which I hope you’ll find interesting. You may have seen some of our recent social media posts about a project our curators are […]

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ICE 200: Plymouth Breakwater Print

We’ve looked at lighthouses and bridges as part of our continuing commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Now it’s the turn of breakwaters. This print was purchased for our collections in 1911. It shows Mount Edgcumbe, Plymouth Sound and Plymouth Breakwater from Staddon.

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Decant Day, 9 November 2016: Packing up the Cottonian Collection

By Susan Leedham, Cottonian Collection Researcher As we near the halfway point of Decant (ready for building work to start in the New Year) it was time to move one of our most important pieces – our nationally designated Cottonian Collection. The Cottonian Collection was gifted to the people of Plymouth in 1853 for our […]

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Reynolds: Dock, Devon and London

The following post is based on an Art Bite talk given at the Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery. It was given by Lawrie Thorne, who has carried out research into Reynolds’ early years up until the 1750s. We pick up the story in Plymouth, as Reynolds is establishing himself as a portrait painter. As […]

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Reynolds’ early years in Plympton

By Lawrie Thorne – project volunteer Lawrie has carried out research into Reynolds’ early years up until the 1750s. This is the first in a series of posts looking at the significance of the recently acquired self-portrait, in the life and times of Reynolds. It is based on an Art Bite talk given in December 2014. Joshua Reynolds was born on […]

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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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