“What I Did On My Holiday” : Day #06

22Jun11

I wasn’t really expecting much of Plymouth.

Obviously Plymouth is steeped in all things maritime but I’ve never had any nautical leanings, I blame Simon Le Bon and his pastel suited cohorts putting Thatcherism to music via their tribute to an unfortunate young lady called Rio.

BLOG Reconstruction, Plymouth [170611]

However I was really impressed.

Other than the obvious highlights of Smeaton’s Tower and all that can be found on the Hoe, the centre of the city is full of buildings that most cities have long since flattened – namely the Civic Centre, the Crown & County Court, the Pannier Market, (which was a real highlight), the insides of the Guildhall and the city centre as a whole. Although from reading around the subject it seems that Plymouth2020 is intending to change all that – more fool them. (If you’re interested there’s more background on some of these buildings by Graham Hobbins over here.)

BLOG Ceiling, Plymouth [170611]

Having exhausted the city’s charity shops on my walk round the city, and to avoid an oncoming downpour, I located the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and had a fine time at their ‘Draw Me A Story – The art of illustration for children’ exhibition : featuring work from David McKee, (who I didn’t realise was responsible for Elmer as well as Mr Benn – and incidentally studied at The Plymouth College of Art), Lauren Child, Peter Firmin, Frank Hampson and Simon James, (who’s work I mistook for Quentin Blakes).

The highlight though was the original wheel from the Mr Benn TV show, as ever no photo’s were allowed but as ever I, ahem, ignored those particular instructions.

BLOG Draw Me A Story Exhibition, Plymouth City Gallery [xx0611] (2) BLOG Draw Me A Story Exhibition, Plymouth City Gallery [xx0611]
BLOG Draw Me A Story Exhibition, Plymouth City Gallery [xx0611] (4) BLOG Draw Me A Story Exhibition, Plymouth City Gallery [xx0611] (3)



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