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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 […]


Plymouth UK to meet with Massachusetts Senators to discuss Mayflower 400

Plans for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower are underway as representatives from the Plymouth UK Mayflower 400 Leadership Group meet with key US Senators. Plymouth has been nationally recognised by the UK Government as the UK lead city for the celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the […]


£50,000 funding boost for Plymouth-led arts initiative

A groundbreaking scheme led by our arts and heritage service has received a £50,000 funding grant from Arts Council England (ACE) today. New Expressions involves 15 museums and heritage sites across the South West, Midlands and North of England, all of whom are working with artists to produce new work inspired by their historic collections. The […]


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 […]


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), […]


It’s the Spanish Art-mada!

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will be holding a fun family event on Saturday 27 September inspired by the Spanish Armada. Two art and craft sessions will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm and children will get to show their creative sides as they work with a guest artist to design […]


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 […]


Wild About Plymouth starts the summer with a Big Bug Hunt

Wild About Plymouth, the city’s family-friendly natural history partnership, is running a Giant Big Bug Hunt at Ford Park Cemetery on Saturday 19 July. The cemetery, which is steeped in history, is also a 34.5-acre urban wildlife refuge and home to a wide variety of plant, bird and insect life. Wild About Plymouth will help […]


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 […]


Plymouth and Exeter’s museum partnership nets over £3M

Plymouth and Exeter are celebrating a joint victory today after scooping over £3M from a national arts funding pot to continue their excellent joint heritage and cultural work across the South West. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter (RAMM) learned their Major Partner Museum (MPM) […]


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 […]


Prehistoric finds go on display for first time thanks to HLF funding

A £30,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will help some important archaeological discoveries from Dartmoor go on public display for the first time ever in Plymouth this autumn. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery will be staging an exhibition, in partnership with the Dartmoor National Park Authority, called ‘Whitehorse Hill: A Prehistoric Dartmoor […]


Be a spider hunter at Wild About Plymouth’s insect event

Family-friendly natural history group Wild About Plymouth will be celebrating National Insect Week with a special event at Devonport Park on Saturday 21 June. ‘Eight Legged Creatures’ will be a chance for bug hunters to see how many different types of spider they can spot in one of the city’s biggest parks. Armed with only […]


June talks and tours highlight Modern Masters and Old Masters

This month’s lunchtime talks and art bites at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery focus on Old Masters from one of its most historic collections plus Modern Masters from a significant exhibition. On Tuesday 17 June, senior conservator Neil Wressell will give a presentation about ‘A Royal Game’. This large-scale sculpture featuring Elizabeth I and […]


Museum event to celebrate ‘Fantastic Fathers’

Children will get the chance to make some special treats for their dads at the City Museum and Art Gallery this weekend. Staff are running two ‘Fantastic Fathers‘ craft sessions from 11am to midday and from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturday 7 June. Children will be able to make handmade gifts and keepsakes to give to their […]


New museum exhibition features four of 20th century’s greatest artists

Prints by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol – four of the 20th century’s greatest artists – will go on display at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday in an exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A). Modern Masters in Print: Matisse, Picasso, Dalí and Warhol is the latest […]


New exhibition highlights World War One and Three Towns Centenaries

A new exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and the amalgamation of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse is now on display at the City Museum and Art Gallery. Plymouth’s Great War: Three Towns United in Conflict is one of the highlights of this year’s Plymouth History Festival and features information, images, documents and […]


Last chance to see two major exhibitions at Museum and Art Gallery

Visitors to Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery have until 10 May to catch two significant exhibitions highlighting the work of two great artists. New Sculpture and Works on Paper is the first major exhibition in the region for 25 years by Devon-based artist, Peter Randall-Page. It’s also the first time in many years that he […]


Leading Devon museums part of national artist commissioning scheme

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter are to be part of a national programme of pioneering collaborations between artists, museums and audiences. Thanks to major funding support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme, New Expressions 3 (NE3) will bring together 15 museums from across England in partnership […]