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The Making of a Modern City exhibition was on display from 27 April to 29 June 2013, at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

It celebrated the 70th anniversary of Professor Sir Patrick Abercrombie and James Paton-Watson's 'Plan for Plymouth' - an ambitious scheme designed to raise the city out of the rubble of the Blitz.

Plymouth's city centre and a number of its suburbs were virtually destroyed by incendiary bombs during World War II.

Abercrombie and Paton-Watson's designs set the tone for a modern city, with clearly defined communities filled with churches, schools, community centres and houses, alongside well-preserved historic areas such as the Barbican.

This exhibition delved into the archives to reveal documents, plans and images that record the people, politics and places that shaped the Plymouth we know today.

Regardless of whether you're from Plymouth or not, 'The Making of a Modern City' gave a sense of pride in the resilience of a place that had the ambition to completely rebuild itself, and expand far beyond its pre-war boundaries, in a remarkably short period of time.

Related activities were held at the Museum and Art Gallery and other venues across the city as part of Plymouth History Festival 2013.

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