The Box, Plymouth seeks creative practitioner for schools-based project

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Deadline Monday 13 November 2017


Plymouth After Dark is a project devised and delivered by Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives’ Programmes Team as part of the wider The Box, Plymouth project. The Plymouth After Dark project has been conceived as a way of exploring real hidden cultural histories about the city and people of Plymouth. The project will engage with a wide range of the communities through outreach and community engagement activities to examine all aspects of the city’s culture when the lights go down. ‘Going out’ is a social activity that spans age, gender, income, geographic and black and minority ethnic communities, and is truly inter-generational. It is one of the few activities where it seemingly doesn’t matter where you’re from or who you are. The Plymouth After Dark project aims to explore both the positive and negative aspects of ‘going-out’ in the city.

Thrive Plymouth is a 10-year programme to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities in Plymouth. It is being led by the Office of the Director of Public Health, Plymouth City Council. Thrive Plymouth is based on the local 4-4-54 construct, i.e. that four behaviours, namely poor diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use and excess alcohol consumption are risk factors for four diseases, namely coronary heart disease, stroke, cancers and respiratory problems which together contribute to 54% of deaths in Plymouth (i.e. 4-4-54). Changing the four behaviours would help prevent four diseases and reduce the number of deaths due to these chronic diseases.

This Project is one element of the overall Plymouth After Dark initiative and will focus on one of the Thrive Plymouth behaviours i.e. alcohol. The work will engage with school pupils and older members of the community enabling them to share their experiences and thoughts around alcohol and its importance to the culture of the City. In turn, school children will learn about the associated risks of alcohol and the impact that it can have on their health and well-being. The inter-generational work will support the production of a resource to add to the City’s collections as part of the Plymouth After Dark collection.


The project aims to achieve three things:

  • Improve young people’s knowledge, understanding and decision making in regard to the use of alcohol
  • Bring together the young and old to share their experiences with alcohol with a specific focus on the culture around transition to adulthood and the place alcohol can have in that process.
  • The final output of the product will be available to use via a digital platform(s) that empowers young people to be able to make positive decisions in regard to alcohol that supports responsible and safe use.

The Project will utilise key milestones in regard to transition to adulthood for young people and the associated celebrations that may take place as a focus for the Project, for example leaving school; becoming 16 or 18. This Project will achieve these aims through consideration of alcohol as a drug and also in respect to its cultural and historical (living memory) use in Plymouth and society.


Outcomes will be:

  • Improved knowledge and understanding of alcohol related harm
  • Improved capacity to be safe and healthy in regard to alcohol use
  • Improved understanding of different generations
  • Improved knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of the use of alcohol in Plymouth.

Outputs will be:

  • Documentary evidence of the process used throughout this project
  • Data on participants attitudes and knowledge of alcohol and its cultural significance
  • Digital resource to support the outcomes and support future learning in school settings

For a full brief including further details surrounding the project, timescales and assessment criteria, please contact:

Adam Milford, Learning Development Officer (Formal Learning)

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