Dates revealed for next year’s Plymouth History Festival


The dates for the next Plymouth History Festival have been confirmed as Saturday 6 May to Sunday 4 June 2017.

This will be the fifth time the annual celebration of the city’s heritage has taken place. So far more than 600 events have been enjoyed by thousands of people, all of whom have had the opportunity to find out more about many different aspects of Plymouth’s proud history.

Each year the festival programme includes a range of exhibitions, displays, special events and family activities. It also features a large number of guided walks, illustrated talks and behind-the-scenes tours.

Venues range from libraries, community halls and churches to country houses and historic landmarks.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture said: “The History Festival has become a well-loved fixture on the city’s annual event calendar so we’re very pleased to be able to confirm the dates for 2017. Each year provides another opportunity to showcase many of the fascinating stories and characters that have played a part in the story of Plymouth. Just as they have done in previous years, we’re hoping as many people as possible will get involved.”

The festival will kick off on Saturday 6 May with ‘Local Studies Day’ – a special event packed with talks and presentations about heritage including the Restoration, the Victorian era and an update about the History Centre project.

Other events during the festival will include a nationally touring exhibition looking at ‘Britain in the Fifties’ as well as displays and special events marking the 50th anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester completing his historic solo circumnavigation of the world.

It will also feature the first ‘Plymouth Festival of Words’. Building on the success of the former Plymouth International Book Festival, this event will be organised through a partnership between Literature Works, Plymouth University, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth City Council and the local community, supported by Arts Council England.

If you have an event you would like to see included on the programme please email the details to museumevents@plymouth.gov.uk by Sunday 22 January. Event organisers are asked to provide as much detail as possible, including the venue address, start and finish times, booking and admission details. There is no specific theme for the festival but all events must have a clear link to the history of Plymouth.