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Audio guides

Get a taste of our collections on display with our audio guides! You can download these files onto your personal MP3 player or phone to use within the museum.

Ancient Egypt gallery

Audio icon Animal mummies - the practice of animal mummification in ancient Egypt.
Recording time - 3 minutes 15 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) – 2.98MB

Audio icon Death and the afterlife - researched by student intern, Kate Bernasconi
Recording time - 2 minutes 56 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 2.68MB

Bringing the World to Plymouth gallery

Audio icon Gertrude Benham - life and travels.
Recording time - 3 minutes 12 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 2.93MB

Audio icon Benham's souvenirs of Asia - what she collected and why.
Recording time - 3 minutes 20 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 3.06MB

Uncovered gallery

Audio icon Greek amphora
Recording time - 1 minute 57 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 1.79MB

Plymouth: Port and Place gallery

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been able to record and present fifteen ‘From Plymouth to Pole’ audios files alongside our Scott and Plymouth’s Antarctic connections display. For more information and resources on Scott, please visit the Scott mini-site.

Robert Falcon Scott

About the man, his Plymouth roots and two of our Scott treasures; the Scott Christening Cup and Scott’s Skis.

Audio icon Scott of Devonport [2 mins 35 secs - 3.55MB]

Audio icon Scott's christening cup [2 mins 7 secs - 2.92MB]

Audio icon Outlands - childhood home [1 min 53 secs - 2.59MB]

Audio icon Scott's Skis [1 min 39 secs - 2.29MB]

They Sailed with Scott

Brief biographies of five men with Plymouth connections who sailed with Scott, including Plymouth born Francis Davies RN.

Audio icon Frederick Ernest Dailey (1873-1961) [2 mins 2 secs - 2.8MB]

Audio icon Thomas Vere Hodgson (1864-1926) [2 mins 3 secs - 2.82MB]

Audio icon Patrick Keohane (1879-1950) [1 min 47 secs - 2.45MB]

Audio icon Fred Parsons (1878-1970) [1 min 50 secs - 2.53MB]

More Antarctic Associations

Five more Plymouth links with Antarctic exploration; then and now.

Audio icon Francis Howard Bickerton (1889-1954) [1 min 46 secs - 2.44MB]

Atrium gallery

Audio icon Plymouth porcelain - an introduction.
Recording time - 2 minutes 19 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 2.13MB

Audio icon Cookworthy's factory - where was the Plymouth porcelain factory?
Recording time - 2 minutes 9 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 1.96MB

Audio icon Plymouth Porcelain - rare and unique - explore some of the more unusual items on display.
Recording time - 2 minutes 35 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 2.37MB

We hope that these will enhance your visit. If you've used the audio guides, we'd like to hear your thoughts on them. So if you have any feedback, please get in touch by emailing us.

China Connection

Students studying English at Plymouth University worked with the Museum to learn more about Interpretation, and produced the guide below.

Audio icon Porcelain's progress - an audio label for the Imari vase
Recording time - 1 minute 14 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 582KB

Cottonian Collection

Listen to audio guides on the Cottonian Collection site to find out more about the Cottonian Collection, its oil paintings, sculptures and mythological stories. These free downloads were originally produced for us in 2013 by the Young Explainers.

Behind the Canvas

Listen to some creative responses to three of paintings from our permanent art collection. These were researched and produced by English and Illustration students from Plymouth University.

Audio icon Beanstalk -an audio guide inspired by Dorothy Ward’s 'An Aerial View of Plymouth'
Recording time - 6 minutes 19 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 5.78MB

Audio icon Elizabeth I - audio guide
Recording time - 2 minutes 3 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 1.88MB

Audio icon Happily - an audio guide inspired by John Collier’s 'Mrs Mortimer Collier'
Recording time - 7 minutes 39 seconds
File format MPEG (mp3) - 7.01MB

Other audio resources

Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Acquisition of Genius

Audio guides were produced by our Young Explainers group for this exhibition, which was on display from 21 November 2009 to 20 February 2010. You can find these on our Reynolds resources page.

Charles Eastlake

Young Explainers also produced audio guides for the 'In Pursuit of Art' exhibition which was on display in 2012. You can find these on the Eastlake resources page.

Lens by Glenn Carter

Listen to an interview with artist Glenn Carter, whose 'Lens' commission was on display from 2010 to 2011.

Fine and decorative art collections

Although not on permanent display, we have produced some audio guides for three recent acquisitions by Kurt Jackson, Naoki Takeyama and a Portrait of Johann Friederich, the Elector of Saxony. Access these from our new acquisitions page along with images of the acquisitions.

You can also listen to audio guides produced for a past display - about contemporary craft in the south west, contemporary glass and 20th century potters.

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