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Wednesday 1st May 2013

Launch of Making of a Modern City Exhibition

Image: Still from the SWFTA Endicott Collection. 

A new social history exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery - which includes footage from SWFTA - gives visitors a unique insight into the reconstruction of the city following World War II. 

The Making of a Modern City' is being held to coincide with the first ever Plymouth History Festival and will run until Saturday 29 June.

Plymouth's city centre and a number of its suburbs were virtually destroyed by incendiary bombs during the 1941 Blitz of World War II. As a result of this Professor Sir Patrick Abercrombie, a trained architect and town planner and James Paton-Watson, a borough engineer and surveyor, who became Plymouth's City Engineer in 1936, created 'The Plan for Plymouth'. This was an ambitious scheme designed to raise Plymouth out of the rubble and turn it into a 21st century city with clearly defined communities, with churches, schools, community centres and houses and well-preserved historic areas such as the Barbican.

The Making of a Modern City exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the creation of this plan and uses the city's archive collections to reveal some of the documents, images and plans that record the people, politics and places that shaped the Plymouth we know today.

To find out more about the exhibition, see here