The Young Explainers Programme

Experience is invaluable when it comes to securing employment in arts. Get involved with the Young Explainers programme at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, and get a headstart in your career.

Make your CV stand out with practical experience of working in culture, heritage and business. With the Young Explainers programme, you’ll have the chance to put the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired during your course into practice, in a real, professional environment. 

Working with students from other disciplines, like English, fine art and graphic design, you’ll be mentored by Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery staff to carry out research and deliver outstanding public events and activities.


The 2013 Young Explainers project

Last year’s Young Explainers collaborated with the Cottonian Collection. A nationally designated assortment of oil paintings, old Master drawings, bronzes, casts, furniture and volumes and prints, they were all donated to the City Museum in 1915 by William Cotton. 

Working closely with each other, the Young Explainers undertook research to discover compelling information about the collection. They compiled two gallery guides, delivered four talks exploring the themes of the collection, and produced successful children’s and launch events. 

For more information on last year’s project and the Young Explainers programme, visit the Young Explainers website

Young Explainer Lawrence Hendra, BA (Hons) Art History

Lately I discovered a previously lost work by Sir Joshua Reynolds, mis-catalogued by a leading auction house. If I hadn’t been involved in a Young Explainers project called ‘Living Reynolds’ in 2010, I very much doubt I would have spotted it.

Lawrence is now Associate Director with Philip Mould & Company in London, and the newest member of the team on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.