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Reynolds, London and the Hudson connection

Laurie Thorne continues to look at Reynolds’ early life. Previously we learned that Reynolds’ wish was to train with a renowned artist, and Lawrie now looks at Reynolds’ life after he moves to London. In October 1740 aged 17 years he arrived in London to begin a four year training in the studio of the […]

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The Plaque is Back!

by Emma Philip, curator of Fine Art One of the 10 items conserved as part of this project is our rosewood occasional table made around 1825. We haven’t yet got to the bottom of how it entered the Cottonian Collection, but its date would suggest that it was one of William Cotton III’s purchases, perhaps […]

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We have finally done it!

After weeks of hard work by all members of the Young Explainer’s Gallery Interpretation team, the new Cottonian Adult’s Guide is in its final stages and nearing completion. Over the last couple of months we have all been busy researching into different aspects of the collection, whether that has been looking into the individual stories […]

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The Big One’s Little Mystery

By Emma Philip, curator of Fine Art Following on from my last post, once we’d finally managed to clear all 300+ books out of the largest bookcase, Allan and Chris from Tankerdale set about dismantling it into its 16 sections; eight glazed top units and eight low cabinets with veneered doors. When they got to […]

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All Change Please…

By Emma Philip, curator of Fine Art On Monday 29th July we began work on the biggest changeover of furniture yet in the Cottonian Gallery.  The biggest bookcase in the collection, wittily christened as ‘The Big One’ to those of us on the project team, was off to conservation at Tankerdale. ‘The Big One’ contains […]

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Designing the Cottonian

As one part of the design team working with the Young Explainers project this year it’s exciting to share a bit of what we have been working away on. We started with the word ‘Unweaving’ and this idea of unraveling the history of the Cottonian Collection. We, the design team, are a couple of students […]

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Moving forward

By Jo Clarke, Marketing and Programme Development Officer Hi there – it’s been another busy week on the ‘Artists Make Faces’ project here at the City Museum and Art Gallery. Some of my colleagues have been working with Monika Kinley, the curator for ‘Artists Make Faces’, to finalise the layout of the show. They’ve also […]

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Trip to William Cotton’s Grave and Highland House

Over the last few weeks the Young Explainers have been getting underway with all aspects of research in preparation for new labels, Art Bites and gallery guides. Two members of the team, Vicky Smith and Ellie Barker, took a visit to the prior residence of William Cotton in Ivybridge. The trip was very rewarding as […]

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The start of a busy campaign

By Jo Clarke, Marketing and Programme Development Officer Hi there – I’m Jo, the Marketing and Programme Development Officer for Plymouth City Council’s Arts and Heritage service. My role includes promotional activities and event coordination for the City Museum and Art Gallery, Smeaton’s Tower, the Elizabethan House and the Merchant’s House. We’ve got a really […]

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Unweaving the Cottonian Collection

This is the first post from the Young Explainers team 2013. We’re a voluntary programme of students working with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery on a project to rediscover the Cottonian Collection; Plymouth’s Greatest Gift. We will be bringing you along for the ride, keeping you up to date with our findings and giving […]

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