Plymouth History Festival receives HLF funding boost


Plymouth’s History Festival is up and running for the second year in a row and has received an extra funding boost thanks to a grant of £44,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The festival runs until Saturday 31 May and there are more than 120 events on the programme.

Set up in 2013, the festival brings a number of historical events taking place in the city together under one banner. The events aim to provide residents and visitors with a focal point for celebrating and discovering Plymouth’s unique heritage.

The HLF grant will see the appointment of a project co-ordinator who will evaluate this year’s festival and help organise and manage next year’s programme too.

The funding will also be used to support a three-day film and photography festival at the Guildhall, Armada Way. ‘Three Towns in Focus’ will run from 15 to 17 May and will be a celebration of archive and contemporary film and photography in Plymouth over the past 100 years.

Restoring two memorial plaques, creating a war memorial trail and website and commissioning a photographic archive project that will record the wide range of events taking place throughout the month have also now been made possible.

“Last year’s History Festival was a big success and it’s a real achievement to have been able to bring it back again,” said Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith. “Events this year are taking place in many different locations – from the city centre, Hoe and Barbican to the Royal William Yard, the Millfields and many of the suburbs. Venues range from church halls and guildhalls to civic buildings and historic houses.

“The festival was already brilliant but the support we are now receiving from the HLF means that we will be able to do even more – as well as look forward to our plans for 2015.”

For the full programme and official brochure visit the Plymouth History Festival website. Copies of the brochure are also available from the tourist information centre on the Barbican, local libraries and the City Museum and Art Gallery.

Updates on History Festival events will be posted throughout May on Facebookand Twitter.