Category Archives : Peter Smith


Plymouth leisure sites now breastfeeding friendly

Plymouth is moving a step closer to being a Breastfeeding Friendly city after all of its Everyone Active leisure centres are now signed up to the Plymouth Breastfeeding Kite Mark Scheme. Now all Everyone Active sites in the city – including the iconic Plymouth Life Centre – are officially Breastfeeding Friendly. The Livewell Southwest initiative […]


Junior diving elite heading to Plymouth

The British Elite Junior Diving Championships are set to take place at the Plymouth Life Centre from 30 March – 2 April. The country’s best and strongest young talent will be heading to the south coast to show their progress ahead of sealing their place on international teams for the rest of 2016. Almost 100 […]


Train to be a running leader – for free!

Are you a keen runner? Could you inspire others to get on the road to an active lifestyle? Then step up! Our Sports Development Unit is looking for people like you to train as running leaders and help expand its beginners’ running network this summer. Perhaps you already take a running group for a club and want […]


Racing for Life? Train free with the Council

Thinking of taking part in this year’s Cancer Research UK Race for Life? If so, don’t miss out on some great training sessions organised by our Sports Development Unit to help you get in shape for the charity run. The sessions will cater for women of all running abilities, including complete beginners, so if you’ve always […]


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s superheroes at the Lord Mayor’s Festival

Superheroes will be taking to the streets of Plymouth as part of a new look Lord Mayor’s Festival this year. Batmen, women, boys and girls, together with Wonder Women and Supermen, will be creating a Marvel-lous mix as part of a new look family event to welcome the new Lord Mayor into their role. Plymouth […]


11 is heaven for Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has been awarded VisitEngland’s ‘Quality Assured Visitor Attraction’ accreditation for the 11th time in a row. The Museum was recently inspected by an assessor for the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) and was described as ‘very professionally set out and managed with many excellent and varied exhibits and […]


New homes and jobs for Honicknowle

New homes, jobs and training and a natural play area are among the plans for a derelict former school site in Honicknowle, Plymouth. Thanks to a partnership between Plymouth City Council and Spectrum Housing Group, plans are well underway for the development in Chaucer Way. As well as 137 new homes, £312,000 is being invested […]


Spectacular plans for new History Centre submitted to planners

Stunning plans showing how Plymouth’s museum and art gallery will be transformed into a new world class visitor attraction are being submitted to planners this week. The plans include striking new images showing the impressive new building featuring a cantilevered ‘floating’ box with reflective cladding will form the heart of the £34 million History Centre. […]


Programme for 2016 History Festival goes live

The 2016 Plymouth History Festival has now been confirmed, with a packed programme of 100 different events. This is the fourth year that the month-long celebration of Plymouth’s history has taken place and details are now available online. The festival, co-ordinated by our Arts and Heritage service, will run from Saturday 7 May to Sunday […]


New Fairtrade Directory launched for Plymouth

A new directory of businesses that supply Fairtrade goods in Plymouth is being launched as part of Fairtrade Fortnight (29 February – 13 March 2016). The directory is one of a number of initiatives across the city to encourage people to buy Fairtrade goods throughout the fortnight. Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives and […]


Council launches forum to help women return to work

A forum designed especially to help women return to work has been officially launched by the City Council. The forum was the Council’s pledge to make sure that women had access to all the advice and support they would need to help them return to work after maternity or child care leave. The support forum […]


Sam Dyer

Help get Sam to Rio!

A young volunteer who helps to run sports activities for young people and adults in Devonport has been selected to travel to Brazil during the Olympic Games to work with deprived youngsters living in Rio’s favela slums. Project Rio is being organised by StreetGames, a national sports charity helping disadvantaged communities, with the aim of […]


Plymouth apprentices party with Ping!

Apprentices are being invited to a very special party at Oceana Plymouth on Friday 18 March. Ping! Party Plymouth will have all the usual attractions of a top night out – great music, light show, house DJ and licensed bar (for the 18-and-overs) – but with a difference. It will also include loads of table […]

Councillor Smith, Sports Development Manager Louise Kelley, Senior Apprentice Co-ordinator Ken Holder and apprentices Ashley Piggott and Jeorgia Best promoting Ping! Party Plymouth at Oceana

Tough Love

Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Example and Tough Love announced for MTV Crashes Plymouth

MTV have announced today that consecutive chart toppers Rudimental and pop music heavyweight Jess Glynne will be heading up the stage at Day One of MTV Crashes Plymouth on Thursday 28 July. The following night Example will be returning to the city, joining Tough Love and more top DJs (still to be announced) for a […]


Wild About Plymouth featured in book celebrating innovation

Wild About Plymouth, the family natural history programme run by the City Museum and Art Gallery, is featured in a new book highlighting innovative approaches to community engagement. The programme, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring, was established by staff from the Museum’s natural history and learning teams. It offers a natural history or science based event […]


Toy soldier set, German army medical service, 1936, O M Hausser and A G Lineol, Germany, c.1936 © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Major new exhibition explores relationship between toys and conflict

A new exhibition opening at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 6 February explores the role of warfare in children’s play from 1800 to the present day. ‘War Games’ is a nationally touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood and will be on display until 18 June. The show, which is designed […]


Council to bring massive sports investment for north of the city

Plymouth City Council has approved funding to help transform an artificial football pitch into a new outdoor recreation hub for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities.   The Manadon all-weather pitch was transferred to the Council from the Ministry of Defence in 2007 and has been operated by YMCA Plymouth since 2012. It is used by […]

Back (left to right): Mark Rowles and Carol Belton (YMCA Plymouth), John Coates (YMCA Board of Trustees), Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith, Nathan Sanders and Liz Slater (Plymouth City Council) and front (left to right): Chris French (Devon FA) and Mark Lovell (Plymouth Argyle FC)

Plans to tackle problem parking around Plymouth Life Centre

Plymouth City Council is planning to introduce a package of measures to tackle inconsiderate and dangerous parking around the Plymouth Life Centre. There have been ongoing problems with vehicles being left around the edge of the Life Centre car park, outside the marked bays and on kerbs, which obstructs access for other drivers, cyclists and […]


Love life at your library this January

Do you want to find out how you can improve your health and wellbeing? Plymouth City Council’s libraries are holding a month-long programme of free health and wellbeing activities to help you feel healthier and happier and make a great start to 2016. The events are being held in partnership with Livewell South West. The […]


Project partners celebrate the Arts Council funding announcement

Arts Council announce funding for Plymouth History Centre

Plans to transform Plymouth’s museum and art gallery into a new world class visitor attraction have taken a giant step forward with the award of £4.2 million funding from the Arts Council. The Arts Council funding to help create a major new cultural attraction at the heart of the city is in addition to £12.8m […]


Museum curator celebrates female scientists from Plymouth

A member of staff from the City Museum and Art Gallery has co-written a chapter about four of Plymouth’s historic marine biologists for a brand new e-book. Put together by authors from around the world, ‘More Passion for Science’ highlights the achievements of some of science’s most unsung women – from the mathematical mind of Florence Nightingale […]

Specimens worked on by Marie Lebour

Museum exhibition reveals links between Plymouth and the South Pacific

A world cultures exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is exploring the surprising connections the city has with Polynesia. ‘Fiji: Ocean Connections’ is a collaboration between the Museum and Art Gallery and the Fijian Art Research Project. The initiative, which is supported by the Arts and Heritage Research Council, has seen experts from […]


Six more projects join Vital Sparks family

Vital Sparks has added six more projects to its growing family in its fourth round of funding. The Plymouth Culture project, which is led by Plymouth City Council and funded by Arts Council England, is designed to inspire arts, culture and creativity in local communities. The new additions include community events, dance sessions, an innovative […]


Date set for Plymouth’s 2016 History Festival

Next year’s History Festival will run from Saturday 7 May to Sunday 5 June. Since being launched in 2013 the festival has seen 375 different events taking place across the city centre, waterfront and suburbs each year. With the aim of highlighting Plymouth’s heritage to as wide an audience as possible, the festival is coordinated […]


Let it be the place for #Beatlebums!

  Let it be… the place music fans take pictures at the spot where the Beatles sat on Plymouth Hoe. Plymouth officially unveiled its cheeky memorial to the Fab Four with Council leader Tudor Evans and music writer David Quantick the first to sit in the copper casts of four fab backsides. The image they […]


Gus Honeybun to Appear at Consultation

To celebrate National Archive Week, Gus Honeybun will be appearing at the Plymouth History Centre pop-up consultation shop at Taylor Maxwell House – soon to be the new home of the City Library. The pop up shop will be open to the public from Saturday 21 November to Friday 27 November. It is an opportunity […]


‘Here comes the bums’ – cheeky tribute to the Beatles!

We love this yeah, yeah, yeah! – A unique piece of modern art will be unveiled – next Wednesday 18 November – at the spot where the Beatles once sat on Plymouth Hoe. Casts of four fab butts have been laid in the ground where John, Paul, George and Ringo posed for a picture that […]


Mount Batten Tower lights up

Plymouth’s Mount Batten Tower is going to be lit up for the first time as part of Bonfire Night celebrations. As the sky above Plymouth Sound is ignited by fireworks, the tower will be illuminated as part of the Council’s popular scheme to put its historic monuments in the spotlight. A set of 16 LED […]