Lunchtime talk: The Cottonian Men
  • Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth

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Listen as Plymouth University PhD researcher, Susan Leedham outlines the current studies that are taking place about the men who built the museum's significant Cottonian Collection, and the many treasures in their bookcases!

This talk is one of the linked events to the museum's newest exhibition "Beauty and Power: Plymouth's Greatest Gift - the Cottonian Collection" which runs from 24 January - 9 May 2015. The exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Cottonian Collection's transfer by an Act of Parliament to the care of the Plymouth Corporation (now Plymouth City Council).

This nationally important collection encompasses a 2,000 volume library, several thousand prints, Old Master drawings, oil paintings, bronzes and sculptures and works by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The Collection was largely compiled by Charles Rogers (1711-1783) in mid-18th century London before being inherited by the Cotton family on his death. 

The Collection remained with the Cotton family for three generations until it was finally gifted to the people of Plymouth in 1853 as part of William Cotton III’s bequest. Initially part of the Proprietary Library, it is now one of the most important collections held at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.


£2 per person. Advance booking and payment are essential through the City Museum and Art Gallery's Welcome Desk. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit card. Please make cheques payable to 'Plymouth City Council'. Please note we will not be able to refund any monies unless we have to cancel the talk. 

Any unreserved tickets will be available on the day although we cannot guarantee that any will remain! All talks start at 1.10pm and last for up to 45 minutes. 

For the enjoyment of all attendees we will not admit latecomers if the gallery is full or very busy. If you wish to get a particular seat please turn up in plenty of time. Thank you.

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