Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery's building is currently closed for the redevelopment of the Plymouth History Centre (working title). While this is happening, it will be running its popular Lunchtime Talks programme at the Plymouth Athenaeum. Come and along and enjoy a series of presentations on selected Tuesdays throughout the year.
Here is the programme for Autumn/Winter 2016:
THE VOYAGE OF THE MAYFLOWER IN 1620, THE MYTH AND THE REALITY
Tuesday 27 September, 1.10pm to 2pm + Q&A
We all know a little about the Mayflower and its passengers but what’s the real story and how much is myth? The facts are much more interesting than most people imagine. Join Dr Mike Haywood for a talk that is vibrantly illustrated with his marine paintings of the Mayflower voyage.
LEE MILLER: BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD
Tuesday 11 October, 1.10pm to 2pm + Q&A
Lee Miller was a Vogue cover girl, Man Ray’s lover, the first photojournalist at the liberation of Dachau and Buchenwald, and one of the most important female photographers of the 20th century. Her photograph of a bombed out chapel in World War Two London inspired a commission by artist Holly Davey at the City Museum and Art Gallery earlier this year. Come and find out more about her and her life.
BORLASE SMART AND THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
Tuesday 25 October, 1.10pm to 2pm + Q&A
Join Alan Read to find out more about the life and career of artist Robert Borlase Smart, who was born in Kingsbridge in 1881 and served on the Western Front during the First World War.
THE WARSHIP FIGUREHEADS OF DEVONPORT
Tuesday 8 November, 1.10pm to 2pm + Q&A
David Pulvertaft had a full career in the Royal Navy as a chartered engineer specialising in submarines and nuclear propulsion. He retired as a rear admiral and then worked in Whitehall for seven years advising the media on issues of national security. His interest in the figureheads carved for ships of the Royal Navy stems from his time in the service and he has spent much of the last twenty years researching the subject in The National Archives and elsewhere. His written works include two books on the subject; The Warship Figureheads of Portsmouth (The History Press - 2009) and Figureheads of the Royal Navy (Seaforth Publishing - 2011).
EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY AND PLYMOUTH 1839-54
Tuesday 22 November, 1.10pm to 2pm + Q&A
The names of Louis Daguerre and Henry Fox Talbot are well known – but what about Hunt, Towson, Beard, Bishop and Tripe? These five ‘pioneers’ all have links with the historic ‘Three Towns’ - and each played a part in the Plymouth story. Join Nigel Overton to find out more.
PORTRAITS AND OTHERWISE: PHOTOGRAPHERS IN PLYMOUTH C1850-80
Tuesday 6 December, 1.10pm to 2pm + Q&A
Join Nigel Overton as he looks at some of the very many local professional operators, their studio locations and work – including the visiting professionals and regional publishers of the popular topographical cartes and stereoscopic views.