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What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – September 2014

What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – September 2014

With the summer season coming to an end you’d think everything would be winding down. You’d be wrong! In September we have a host of activities outside and in to celebrate Plymouth’s Ocean City Festival 2014!

Events During September…

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Japanese Cloisonne and The Samurai

Similar in style to a piece displayed in the V&A

Similar in style to a piece displayed in the V&A

The rebirth of Japanese enamelling is widely credited to the samurai Kaji Tsunekichi of Nagoya. Like many Samurai in 19th century Japan, he was haunted by the menacing spectre of modernity – that, and the meagre stipend. To address this he took apart one of his own pieces (not recommended) and by studying its construction felt suitably confident to have a go himself. Presumably, after a period of great frustration and toil, he emerged with a small cloisonné dish.

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Porcelain fit For King Frederick the Great

A KPM Neuosier Lidded Urn Vase, dating around 1770.

A KPM Neuosier Lidded Urn Vase, dating around 1770.

The King’s Porcelain Manufactory, Berlin was established in 1763 as, amongst other things, a way of King Frederick the Great financing his many wars. Previous efforts at creating ‘White Gold’ in Prussia had been plagued by war, competition in the market and ‘technical difficulties.’

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What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – June 2014

What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – June 2014

As the weather starts to hot up so do the events on the Plymouth Barbican!

The launch of the new Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB) Barbican Map and Guide took place on Wednesday 4th June. Copies are available within many of the shops located around the Barbican, the Tourist Information Centre and also available to download and print on the www.barbicanwaterfront.com website.

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Robbie Wilson History and Research Center

We recently acquired some pieces from the Robbie Wilson estate. A renowned collector and exponent of military history, Wilson sought to create a freely accessible and lasting resource, cataloguing rare examples of military headgear.

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What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – May 2014

During the month of May on the Plymouth Barbican we’ve seen the Plymouth Pirate Weekend reach our shores with the arrival of the tall ship Phoenix.

Lots of family members young and old enjoyed pirate shows, various demonstrations and tackled the treasure trail which saw numerous groups across the Barbican looking for hidden clues.

Even our dear friend Phillip the Prawn got in on the action taking selfies with the locals!

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What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – A look at 2014

In 2014 the Plymouth Barbican is once again filled with an exciting line-up of events to look forward to. This year we see popular annual events, some new and the return of a highly popular music event. The International Barbican Jazz & Blues Festival!

Coming up on the Plymouth Barbican in 2014…

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What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – December 2013

On the 28th November the Barbican Christmas lights were switched on with hundreds gathering to see the Children’s Lantern Parade. Over 200 school children carrying their lanterns along the Barbican cobble stones. Even the Barbican Prawn this year has been given the Christmas treatment and looks stunning at night!

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What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – November 2013

The clocks may have gone back and the evenings are getting darker, but this is where the Plymouth Barbican starts to shine. The Barbican is nicely lit up this time of year and the friendly local traders are enthusiastic as ever. Christmas is just around the corner there is no better place to be than here on the waterfront.

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What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – October 2013

After a packed event schedule over the summer the Plymouth Barbican takes a breath during October before unleashing a 3 day Thanksgiving event in November. More on this next month ;).
Firstly congratulations of the guys at Parade Antiques who won the ABB Barbican Raft Race last month!

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