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Dates revealed for next year’s Plymouth History Festival

The dates for the next Plymouth History Festival have been confirmed as Saturday 6 May to Sunday 4 June 2017. This will be the fifth time the annual celebration of the city’s heritage has taken place. So far more than 600 events have been enjoyed by thousands of people, all of whom have had the […]


History Centre team celebrates funding from Wolfson Foundation

The team behind the Plymouth History Centre project is celebrating again after receiving confirmation of a £128,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation. The London-based charity supports excellence in the fields of science, education, health and the arts and humanities, including museums and galleries, historic buildings and landscapes. It has already awarded more than £1 million […]


Award-winning choreographer brings children’s dance theatre to Museum

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will host a day of promenade performances by an award-winning choreographer on Saturday 2 July.  ‘The Imagination Museum’ has been created by Lincolnshire-born choreographer Katie Green in collaboration with writer Anna Selby and composer Max Perryment. Visitors will meet eccentric tour guides Mildred, Henry and Harriet and join them […]


Last chance to catch War Games exhibition

A major exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is heading into its final week. War Games is a nationally touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood and will be on display until Saturday 18 June. The exhibition explores the role of warfare in children’s play from 1800 to the present day, and looks […]


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 […]


Busy half term for families at City Museum and Art Gallery

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has a busy programme of family events and activities on offer during February half term. On Tuesday 16 February there’s a chance to make art and craft creations inspired by the thousands of objects in the Museum’s collections. The ‘Colour and Collage’ drop-in session will run from from 10.30am to 1pm with […]


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 […]

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

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 […]

Specimens worked on by Marie Lebour

Museum exhibition reveals links between Plymouth and the South Pacific

A world cultures exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is exploring the surprising connections the city has with Polynesia. ‘Fiji: Ocean Connections’ is a collaboration between the Museum and Art Gallery and the Fijian Art Research Project. The initiative, which is supported by the Arts and Heritage Research Council, has seen experts from […]


Museum craft group helps people with dementia

A traditional craft group at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has taken on a commission with a difference – to make ‘twiddlemuffs’ for local people with dementia. The group has been running for over five years and meets at the museum every week to knit items for local and international charities. Members have made […]


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 […]


Plaque unveiled to mark Napoleon’s link with Plymouth

A plaque to mark the amazing 10 days Napoleon Bonaparte spent captive in Plymouth Sound was unveiled today – exactly 200 years since his arrival in St Helena on 16 October 1815. The monument – a piece of stone from St Helena embedded in granite from Dartmoor prison – where thousands French prisoners were held […]


US Ambassador re-opens museum five years before Mayflower 400 anniversary

US Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun officially opened the newly refurbished Mayflower Museum on Plymouth’s Barbican during his two day visit to the city. The Ambassador and Council Leader Tudor Evans unveiled a plaque in the waterfront museum, which is immediately opposite the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims set off 395 years ago. The […]


Research reveals origins of mysterious ‘Tiger Tooth’

Joint research between Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and a member of the public has uncovered the truth about a mysterious animal tooth once believed to belong to an Ice Age leopard. The tooth was discovered in a spoil heap in a Plymouth garden in 1960 and taken into the museum for identification in […]

Natural history curator Jan Freedman with the leopard's tooth

Dust is a must for forthcoming artist project

Do you have any dust going spare? Artist Catherine Bertola is asking local people for their help in completing her latest installation. Catherine is one of six makers whose work will be featured in the Acts of Making festival, organised by the Crafts Council. The 14-day festival will take place from Saturday 12 to Saturday 26 […]


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 […]


Historic breakwater inspires unique piece of public art

What do an historic painting, a military band, an event on water and a giant wave breaker have in common? They’re all part of an exciting public art commission by a Plymouth-based artist who is aiming to shed new light on the city’s breakwater. Heavy Rock by Keith Harrison is a New Expressions commission for […]


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 […]


New home for Mayflower model

A model of the Mayflower built by Devonport Dockyard apprentices in 1969-70 will take centre stage at the newly revamped Mayflower Museum on Plymouth’s Barbican. The model, which has been on display in the Council House for the last 45 years, was originally built to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower […]

Royal Navy personnel moving the model to the truck

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 […]


Last chance to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

There is less than a fortnight left to catch an international showcase of the very best in nature photography at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Following its showing in London in late 2014 it’s now on an international tour […]


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 […]


Techies take over the tower to let there be light

The countdown to Smeaton’s Tower lighting up gets underway on Monday 13 April with technicians taking over the tower to begin the installation. The symbol of Britain’s Ocean City will be lit up by the end of the month, if the installation programme goes according to plan. LITE ltd, supported by Hydrock and Hyde Park […]


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 […]