Category Archives : Glenn Jordan – Culture

Progress report on Elizabethan House

Scaffolding will be going up shortly around the city’s Elizabethan House as part of an ambitious programme to bring the 400 year old building back to life. Four centuries of building material will be carefully stripped back as part of a sensitive and difficult assessment into the condition of the house which has survived the […]

New libraries, new homes, new chapter for St Budeaux

A library fit for the 21st century, new homes and somewhere to get advice on how to keep healthy – that’s all part of the plan for an exciting new development in the heart of St Budeaux. We are working in partnership with a developer to transform the half-acre site of the old library on […]

Dinosaur fans set to have a roar-some time at Lord Mayor’s Festival

The Lord Mayor’s Festival will return to Plymouth city centre on Saturday 26 May. The festival, sponsored by Rowes Honda and Rowes Suzuki, will welcome Councillor Sam Davey to his new role as Lord Mayor when he takes over from Councillor Wendy Foster in May. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘dinosaurs’ and there’s […]


Bastille to headline Ocean City Sounds Day One

Indie pop band Bastille will headline Day One of Plymouth’s new music event Ocean City Sounds, part of the MTV Presents series, on Thursday 26 July. The chart-topping, award-winning band have sold more than 11 million singles including ‘Pompeii’, ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’, ‘Flaws’ and ‘Good Grief’. Most recently they hit the UK […]

Kids get active during half term week thanks to Fit and Fed

A project aimed at tackling holiday hunger, isolation and inactivity among children took place in Plymouth during the recent half term week. Mayflower Academy hosted the series of events that were organised throughout half term week by Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and CATERed, where children were able to make new friends, get active […]

Active Together project wins backing from Sport England

A pioneering project by our Sports Development Unit to help local people on a low income become more active has won backing from Sport England. The Active Together family groups have been awarded £8,488 funding as part of Sport England’s strategy to improve people’s health and mental wellbeing through sport and activity. Sport England is […]

Argyle Community Trust appointed as sport coordinator for Mayflower 400

Argyle Community Trust have been appointed as Plymouth’s co-ordinator for sport and physical activity for the city’s Mayflower 400 commemorations in the lead-up to 2020. Mayflower 400 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims sailing from Plymouth to America in 1620 and an incredible range of activity will be hosted across the city to commemorate […]

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Dates and ticket details announced for Ocean City Sounds

Get these dates in your diary! Plymouth’s new music event – Ocean City Sounds – will take place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July and tickets will go on sale this Friday (2 February) at 9am. Tens of thousands of music fans are expected to head to Plymouth Hoe this summer to see some […]

Plymouth warms up for top diving action this weekend

Plymouth will be the centre of the British diving world this weekend as it plays host to the sport’s biggest domestic competition of the year. Divers from all over the country will be heading to the Plymouth Life Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to compete in the 2018 British Diving Championships. Plymouth Diving is […]

Plymouth kids kept Fit and Fed during school holidays

A project which aims to address the growing issue of holiday hunger is coming to Plymouth in February 2018. Led by the charity StreetGames, the Fit and Fed project delivers an affordable holiday programme that aims to combat inactivity, isolation and hunger for young people by providing sport, play and food during the school holidays.  […]

Work starts on new sports facility for Manadon and Honicknowle

Work to transform old artificial football pitches into a brand new sports facility for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities is now under way. We’re teaming up with the Argyle Community Trust to create a new football, cricket and outdoor sports centre that will be one of the best in the city. Based on the site […]

New memory café at Southway Library

A new memory café will launch at Southway Library on Thursday 11 January. The café is open to anyone worried about their memory loss or someone else’s memory loss, those living with dementia and their carers. The weekly session will provide support and information, activities including quizzes and puzzles and guest speakers. Refreshments are provided. Councillor […]

New exhibition will mark 200 years of civil engineering excellence

A new exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is set to open in the Sherwell Centre on the University of Plymouth campus on Monday 8 January. The ‘Lighthouses, Bridges and Breakwaters’ exhibition is part of the ‘Museum On Tour’ programme, which is taking a range of […]

Plymouth’s progress report for Mayflower 400 commemorations

Plymouth is marking 1,000 days to go until the Mayflower 400 anniversary with a campaign to highlight the opportunities to #GetOnBoard2020. As the year 2020 looms on the horizon and more details about the preparations are being shared, organisations across the city are being encouraged to ‘Get on Board’ to create their own celebratory events. […]

Register Office to remain in Lockyer Street for time-being

Plymouth’s Register Office will remain in Lockyer Street for the time-being and get a makeover while the search continues for a suitable new site. The Council plans to invest £190,000 in structural repairs to the building over the period of three years. A delegated decision has been signed this week authorising officers to look at […]

Research into Bretonside coffin uncovers Cookworthy connection

The lead coffin recovered during the demolition of the Bretonside bus station last week has been revealed to be Elizabeth, daughter of well-known Plymouth porcelain manufacturer William Cookworthy. Investigations carried out by South West Archaeology, with support from the Council’s historic environment officer, have found that a name plate on the coffin identifies the remains […]

Elizabethan House set for work

Specialists architects DHV Architects (Dittrich Hudson Vasetti) will be carrying out investigative works on Plymouth’s Elizabethan House project. The Bristol based firm will be carrying out an explorative programme of work to get the full picture of the extent of the repairs required. This initial phase could take up to six months and will mean […]

‘Museum On Tour’ moves to House of Fraser

Shoppers and visitors to one of Plymouth’s flagship stores will get the chance to experienc the ‘Museum On Tour’ programme from 9 December. Objects, images, film footage and what’s on information will be displayed in selected areas on floors 4 and 5 of House of Fraser, Royal Parade and will remain on show throughout 2018. […]

Warm welcome at Central Library this Christmas Day

Plymouth’s Central Library will open its doors on Christmas Day, providing a warm welcome to those who may be on their own and would like some company. There will be free mince pies, tea and coffee, along with a festive film show and library computers for anyone who wants to keep in touch with family […]

Borrow a micro:bit from your library

Our library service is helping to inspire the next generation of computer programmers, with free-to-borrow micro:bits. More than 100 BBC micro:bits have been donated by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation and will be available at libraries across the city from Thursday 7 December. Starter kits, which can be borrowed for up to three weeks, contain a micro:bit, […]

Plymouth to remain home of the British Firework Championships until 2029

Plymouth City Council and The Event Services Association (TESA) are set to sign a contract that will see the British Firework Championships remain in Plymouth for a further 12 years. The spectacular two-day event, which celebrated its 21st anniversary in August, has been held on Plymouth Hoe ever since it began in 1997 and attracts […]

Discover something new at your library during Libraries Week

From famous authors to bedtime stories, coding clubs to online resources, there’s lots to discover in Plymouth during Libraries Week. The event, which runs from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October, is an annual UK-wide showcase of the best that libraries have to offer. One of the highlights of our week will be a visit by bestselling […]

New lease of life for historic Mount Batten Tower

One of the city‘s key landmarks is to get a new lease of life – as a wedding and events venue. The imposing tower that stands at the entrance to Cattedown Water has been handed to the Mount Batten Watersports and Activity Centre, who will run it as a venue and educational venture. Plymouth City […]

New job, new you! One week to go until the Veterans’ Jobs Fair

There’s only one week to go now until the 2017 Veterans’ and Dependents’ Jobs Fair for people in Plymouth who have left or are leaving the Armed Forces, as well as their families and their dependents. The second annual jobs fair organised by Plymouth Armed Forces Corporate Covenant (coordinated by Plymouth City Council) takes place […]

A better experience for residents during key life events

Plymouth’s Register Office could move to a new home as part of a package of improvements designed to give people a better experience during key life events. The registration service, which every year registers over 4,400 births and deaths, could have a new base in the Council House. Place and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee […]

Bid for Heritage Action Zone submitted

Some of Plymouth’s unique buildings could be protected and preserved as part of an initiative designed to protect the city’s heritage as well as build new homes. The Council has applied to Historic England for grant funding and protection under a new ‘Heritage Action Zone’, which could unlock thousands of pounds to protect and restore […]

Life after the Armed Forces: Veterans recommend Plymouth’s Veterans’ Jobs Fair

Veterans who have successfully transitioned to new careers after leaving the armed forces are recommending a jobs fair in Plymouth next month. The event, which is the second annual jobs fair organised by Plymouth Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, coordinated by Plymouth City Council, takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 12pm […]

Seeking development partner for St Budeaux library

Plans to create a new library for St Budeaux have moved a step forward with the current library site now being marketed as a development opportunity. The Council is seeking a development partner to transform the half acre site in St Budeaux Square. As well as providing a light and airy library with a flexible […]

MTV Crashes Plymouth – all you need to know

With just one day to go until MTV Crashes Plymouth, organisers MTV and Plymouth City Council are asking everyone to make sure they plan ahead for a fun, safe and hassle-free event. Tens of thousands of spectators will be heading to the Hoe on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July for two nights of incredible live […]

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Lunch at the Library launches

Children can feed their minds and tummies this summer as our library service joins up with CATERed and its Big Summer Food Tour for Lunch at the Library. Every Wednesday in August at Devonport Library, St Budeaux Library and a pop-up library at the Four Greens Centre in Whitleigh, children and families can enjoy a […]