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Behind the Scenes, 22 February 2018: Hard hats and lot of history

by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer With the assistance of our building contractors Willmott Dixon we’ve been running hard hat tours for the public and community groups for a year now. They’ve proved to be really popular with spaces quickly being snapped up and some people returning each month to keep a close eye […]

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History Centre Heroes: Jamie Lawson

Jamie Lawson was born in St Budeaux in 1975. He went to school in Plymouth and continued to be based here for much of the time afterwards, but shot to the heights of pop celebrity in 2015 with the single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’. This was an appropriate title given that he was already in his […]

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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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Tea at the Cottonian a Success!

What a success our first event of Young Explainers 2013 has been! On Friday the 11th of October we hosted an event at the Museum named ‘Tea at the Cottonian’; there were special guests including the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Vivien Pengelley, Peter Smith, the deputy leader of Plymouth City Council as well as Monika […]

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The Cottonian Collection; A Brief History

Time is quickly running away with itself, and it is now time for the Art Bite scripts to be taking shape. An Art Bite is a twenty minute talk given by the Young Explainers to a small collection of the public within the gallery space. One of the Art Bites this year will be focused […]

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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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