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Plymtouh History Centre aims high

In Museum [Insider], Museums on February 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Councillors in Plymouth believe that by investing in a new history-themed visitor attraction, they will attract new visitors and business to the city.

The council intends for Plymouth History Centre (name to be confirmed) to bring to life the city’s rich history and tell the stories of some of their legends and heroes such as Scott, Darwin and Drake.

They claim the ‘not to be missed’ attraction will open by January 2018 and will cost in the region of £21 million. And more than just historical storytelling, they hope the new initiative will attract more visitors, create local jobs and boost the city’s economy.

We see a lot of projects coming along in the museum and heritage sector with high ambitions. I was recently working on a project which had the aim of being ‘the best museum in the world’. But what are these claims worth? Is it just hot air to get funders to agree to give you a load of cash so you can build it? Perhaps I’m battle hardened by working on these projects, but I wonder if they really have the power to make good their ambitions and create something truly different and novel in a sector already saturated with ‘new’ projects.

I truly hope the people at Plymouth prove me wrong and this is one of the greatest museums we see built in the next few years. Good luck to them!

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