Local Studies Day 2018
Credit: Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives
  • Roland Levinsky Building

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Local Studies Day marks its 20th anniversary in 2018 with a packed day of presentations and talks that explore the region's history.

Join us to immerse yourself in a day with speakers and specialist exhibitors from across Plymouth and South Devon. Discover more about the region’s maritime, social and archival heritage. Topics this year include:

  • Temperance in the Three Towns of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse
  • Royal Navy Shipwrecks near Plymouth
  • Plymouth’s Ancient Buildings
  • Quacks and Quackery in Victorian Plymouth.

As a naval port, Plymouth had developed an infamous reputation for drunkenness and disorderly conduct by 1900 – something which the police forces and magistrate courts in Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse were attempting to control. Professor Kim Stevenson from the University of Plymouth looks at how the temperance societies in each of the Three Towns realised they would achieve more by sharing resources and campaigning together.

Dr Todd Gray looks at how recent fires in Devon have renewed people's interest in and appreciation of ancient buildings as well as some of the changes in the built landscape that took place in Plymouth during the 1900s.

Pete Holt’s talk puts the focus on Plymouth’s maritime history and details some of the Royal Naval ships that were wrecked off Plymouth from the 1700s onwards – from small armed trawlers, to wooden warships and early World War I submarines.

Our Victorian ancestors died from many different illnesses, some of them due to the medicines given by the doctors that were supposed to help them. In ‘Quacks and Quackery in Victorian Plymouth’ Dr Ian Hodgins looks at some of the characters, places and poisons that shaped the health and ill-health of the time.

The event also includes a unique performance by Plymouth-based theatre group Stiltskin inspired by Smeaton’s Tower. A selection of archive film footage and photographs exploring the destruction and reconstruction of the city and a round-up of arts and heritage news from across the city are also on the schedule.

Tickets are £15 per person via the above link. 

The price includes tea and coffee. If you wish to buy lunch during the lunch break there are a number of cafes and eateries on and near the University campus.

Contact museumevents@plymouth.gov.uk for any queries.

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