The latest news, stories, competitions and blogs from the team at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

28 years ago today, 28 April 1789, Fletcher Christian lead a mutiny on HMS Bounty…

28 years ago today, 28 April 1789, Fletcher Christian lead a mutiny on HMS Bounty against Lieut. William Bligh – what better reason to come and visit our exhibition and step into the sights and sounds of one the greatest survival feats in British history. Captain Bligh: Myth, Man, + Mutiny brings to life one…

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Cornwall International Male Choral Festival performances

Two thousand singers of all ages and nationalities are preparing to descend on Cornwall for its world famous International Male Choral Festival – to entertain 45,000 people with joyful events and keenly contested competitions over the May Bank Holiday. As part of the festival we have the following performances taking place… Saturday 29th April Peterborough…

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Video: Guest curator Dr Matt Lodder introduces British Tattoo Art Revealed

Video: Guest curator Dr Matt Lodder introduces the thinking behind Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, the largest exhibition of it’s kind in the UK.

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Thanks Topman for profiling our exhibition

A magazine article on the hottest new trends in tattooing in London reads: “All sorts of people are doing it – lecturers, housewives, skinheads, architects, pop stars and sailors; the old and the young, all classes and sexes. If the very word ‘tattoo’ makes you think of a) servicemen, b) Victorian freak shows, c) sleazy…

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5 must see works: co-curators Stu and Derryth share highlights with Art

Featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors, our very own co-curators Derryth Ridge and Stuart Slade share their highlights with Art Full article on Art

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Do tattoos deserve a place in the gallery? asks The Times

First they were for the rich, then only sailors and criminals, now 12 million of us have at least one — but are tattoos really artworks? Full article by Rachel Campbell-Johnston in The Times

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Move over Angelina Jolie: The secret British history of tattoos in The Telegraph

In July 1938, an article in American Weekly proclaimed that one of Britain’s most celebrated political hostesses, “the stately Marchioness of Londonderry” had been spotted at a committee of the War Office bearing the most startling of accessories. Rising skirts and the onset of transparent hose had revealed a secret that Lady Edith had managed…

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A brief history of the British tattoo: huck magazine

From high class beginnings to the myths of inked up criminals, as our exhibition opens in tattoo historian Dr Matt Lodder plots out a history of British body art for an article in huck magazine A tattooist once said to art historian Matt Lodder, guest curator of Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed that while it’s all…

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Life at the sharp end: The Guardian profiles Jessie Knight, Britain’s first female tattoo artist

A stuntwoman and artist, this 20th-century trailblazer was slandered and robbed by her rivals. On the opening week of our exhibition Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed The Guardian reappraises the life of a radical. Born in 1904, the eldest of eight children, Jessie Knight was a radical pioneer: the daughter of a sailor who became…

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