Tag Archives : art gallery


Plymouth at cutting edge of culture nationally with huge funding boost

Plymouth’s vision of powering the regeneration of the city through culture is paying off with £16 million worth of Arts Council funding coming to the city. The amount of ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ investment from the Arts Council England coming to Plymouth is set to almost double with 10 thriving arts organisations to receive regular funding […]


Half term full of fun at Museum and Art Gallery

There’s a host of half term holiday fun on offer at the City Museum and Art Gallery next week. ‘Pick Up and Go’ activities inspired by the natural history collections will be available all day on Saturday 28 and Tuesday 31 May and Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June. Saturday 28 May is a busy […]


Wild About Plymouth featured in book celebrating innovation

Wild About Plymouth, the family natural history programme run by the City Museum and Art Gallery, is featured in a new book highlighting innovative approaches to community engagement. The programme, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring, was established by staff from the Museum’s natural history and learning teams. It offers a natural history or science based event […]


Toy soldier set, German army medical service, 1936, O M Hausser and A G Lineol, Germany, c.1936 © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Major new exhibition explores relationship between toys and conflict

A new exhibition opening at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 6 February explores the role of warfare in children’s play from 1800 to the present day. ‘War Games’ is a nationally touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood and will be on display until 18 June. The show, which is designed […]


Specimens worked on by Marie Lebour

Museum curator celebrates female scientists from Plymouth

A member of staff from the City Museum and Art Gallery has co-written a chapter about four of Plymouth’s historic marine biologists for a brand new e-book. Put together by authors from around the world, ‘More Passion for Science’ highlights the achievements of some of science’s most unsung women – from the mathematical mind of Florence Nightingale […]


Gus Honeybun to Appear at Consultation

To celebrate National Archive Week, Gus Honeybun will be appearing at the Plymouth History Centre pop-up consultation shop at Taylor Maxwell House – soon to be the new home of the City Library. The pop up shop will be open to the public from Saturday 21 November to Friday 27 November. It is an opportunity […]


Creative fun at Museum this summer

There’s a packed programme of summer fun on offer at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery this month, with plenty of activities to keep the kids busy during the school break. Drop-in art and craft sessions are running every Wednesday in August, from 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm). The drop-ins will be inspired […]


Enid Blyton exhibition gets some extra special visitors

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery welcomed some very special visitors to its Mystery, Magic and Midnight Feasts: The Many Adventures of Enid Blyton exhibition recently, when the late author’s granddaughter and great-grandchildren popped in to look around the show. Sara Lane, who lives in Cornwall, her elder children Dominic and Georgina and her youngest […]

Relatives of Enid Blyton visit exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery, celebrating the late author's life and work

Major Enid Blyton exhibition set to open at City Museum

The first major exhibition celebrating the life and work of one of Britain’s best known children’s authors opens at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery this week. Born in 1897, Enid Blyton was the best-selling English language author of the 20th century and remains one of the most popular writers of all time. Her first […]


Museum secures funding for important piece of 17th century silver

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has secured £41,000 towards the acquisition of a remarkable piece of 17th century silver. The Sparke Cup is a silver-gilt, two handled cup, cover and salver of very high quality. It was made by Thomas Jenkins, a silversmith of London, in 1672-3 and then purchased by Plymouth in 1680 […]


Exhibition marks bicentenary of Napoleon in Plymouth Sound

A new exhibition opening at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery next week will explore the 10 dramatic days during the summer of 1815 when Napoleon Bonaparte was held as a prisoner in Plymouth Sound aboard HMS Bellerophon. ‘Fallen Emperor: Napoleon in Plymouth Sound in 1815’ will be centred around a popular painting from the […]


Family fun for May at Museum and Art Gallery

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is hosting three fun events especially for families over the next couple of weeks. ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’ on Friday 15 May is part of the national Museums at Night celebrations and visitors will be able to see thousands of insects and hundreds of pickled creatures from the natural history […]


Museum officer awarded bursary to research Blitz collections

A learning development officer from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has secured a research bursary set up by the family of a former long-serving member of staff. Maureen Attrill worked at Museum and Art Gallery for nearly 33 years before her sudden death in February 2011. During that time she demonstrated an immense commitment […]


Wildlife Photographer of the Year stopping at Plymouth on international tour

An international showcase of the very best in nature photography will be on display at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery from 28 March to 30 May. ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Now in its 50th year, the competition is recognised for taking a lead […]


Last chance to see top photography exhibition

An exhibition featuring images by nine of the world‘s top photographers will be on display at the City Museum and Art Gallery for just 10 more days. Open for Business features images of contemporary British manufacturing and is the result of a project led by UK arts organisation Multistory and world-famous photographic co-operative Magnum Photos. […]


Focus on Nature for Museum and Art Gallery photography competition

Could you capture a winning wildlife photo? If so, your work could be displayed alongside some of the best in the country at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. The ‘Focus on Nature’ competition is inspired by the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which is coming to Plymouth at the end of March […]


A historic tonic for Plymouth Gin

Senior figures at Plymouth Gin came face to face with their own history in the city recently. Two beautiful parchment deeds dating back to 1668 were on show at the Plymouth City Art Gallery and Museum at an event to mark the launch of the Open for Business exhibition. Staff at Plymouth and West Devon […]


City businesses in the frame at exhibition

Key businesses from Plymouth and the surrounding area were in the frame as part of an exhibition to showcase interesting manufacturing companies The exhibition is the end result of a project led by UK arts organisation, Multistory and world famous photographic co-operative, Magnum Photos. The images were taken at over 100 workplaces across the UK […]


Plymouth leader and City Centre Manager step into another world

 Shh, don’t tell anyone but the Council leader and City Centre Manager have been seeing strange creatures… Councillor Tudor Evans and Stefan Krause stepped into another world created by Effervescent, the arts organisation, to see for themselves the magical woodland created inside the Radiant Art Gallery at Derry’s Cross. The unique theatrical experience for the […]


Festive family fun at City Museum

Children can get crafty in the build-up to Christmas with festive family activities at the City Museum and Art Gallery. On Saturday 20 December there’s a chance to make robin-themed masks, bunting and other items at two ‘Rocking Robins’ craft sessions. These will be followed by ‘White Christmas’ activities on Wednesday 24 December, where children can create collages, make badges and […]


Team appointed to oversee History Centre development

A key appointment has been made to the team that will drive the development of the £21m Plymouth History Centre. Plymouth City Council has appointed consultants Atkins to lead the design of the project, which will see Plymouth’s existing museum and art gallery refurbished and expanded to create a major new attraction. The appointment follows […]


City arts venues join forces for acclaimed exhibition

Four of the city’s biggest arts venues have joined forces to present an acclaimed national exhibition.   ‘Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – 40 Years of Art Walking’ will be on display until Saturday 13 December.   The nationally touring show is presented as a multi-site exhibition across Peninsula Arts (Plymouth University), […]


Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool museums join forces for prestigious art commission

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has become part of a consortium with museums in Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool to commission a brand new work by leading British ceramic artist Paul Scott. The partnership is part of the Contemporary Art Society’s ‘New Story of Craft’ scheme, which encourages museums to work collaboratively so they can […]


Museum’s family workshops are full of collections-inspired fun

If you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during the second half of the summer break Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has a number of holiday activities on offer inspired by its permanent collections. Wednesdays feature holiday drop-ins designed to help develop children’s creative skills. They run from 10.30am to 1pm, with […]


Final fortnight for Museum exhibition of 20th century greats

A high profile art exhibition featuring works on paper by four of the 20th century’s greatest artists has only two weeks left to run at the City Museum and Art Gallery. ‘Modern Masters in Print: Matisse, Picasso, Dalí and Warhol‘ is on a national tour from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A). Drawn from […]


Perfect 10 for Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has been awarded VisitEngland’s ‘Quality Assured Visitor Attraction’ accreditation for the 10th year in a row. The inspector from the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) said he was extremely pleased with the standard of the Museum’s pre-visit and marketing materials, signage, facilities, displays, exhibitions and customer service. VisitEngland […]


Famous 20th century artists inspire Museum and Art Gallery’s summer workshops

A top-rated exhibition at the City Museum and Art Gallery has inspired a series of holiday activities for families this August. Since it opened, Modern Masters in Print has had great feedback from visitors who have described it as “excellent”, “beautifully presented”, “well worth a look”, “eye opening” and “a treat”. It also received a […]


Archaeology comes alive for special event at City Museum

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating the British Festival of Archaeology with a special, free event for all ages on Saturday 12 July. ‘Archaeology’s Alive’ will run from 11am to 3pm and feature a range of different drop-in style activities, all of which are designed to highlight the importance of archaeology or the […]


Famous characters inspire films, tours and talks at City Museum

Explorers, artists, politicians and royalty are all featured on Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s programme of events for adults this July. Ernest Shackleton, whose Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition set sail from Plymouth in 1914, is the subject of a lunchtime talk at 1.10pm on Tuesday 1 July. Paul Davies from the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society […]