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Plymouth confirmed as host city for British Art Show 9

The UK’s largest touring exhibition of contemporary British Art will be heading to Plymouth again in 2021, following the official announcement by London’s Hayward Gallery that the city has been selected as one of the four host locations for British Art Show 9 (BAS 9). Plymouth will join Manchester, Wolverhampton and Aberdeen for the ninth […]


Date to be dazzled – Illuminate, Plymouth’s spectacular light festival returns

Plymouth’s spectacular light festival returns to Royal William Yard. The incredible light-based festival, Illuminate, returns to Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard from 22 to 25 November 2018 with a host of projections and light installations set out across the yard, live performances and interactive opportunities. Claire Honey, Project Manager for the festival said: “Last year’s […]


ACE chair applauds Plymouth’s culture

Some of the country’s leading arts figures were in Plymouth this week to see the amazing work going on in the city to make culture happen.  The entire governing body of the Arts Council of England – including Michael Eakin of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director of Royal Shakespeare Company and Tessa […]


National Lottery support to unlock stories of Elizabethan House

Plymouth’s Elizabethan House has been awarded initial support for National Lottery funding to help the city tell its important story as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The project has been awarded a development grant of £142,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the project plans to progress. A full National Lottery grant of […]


Tim Peake’s spacecraft to touchdown in Plymouth?

Plymouth could be getting a slice of space history – Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module. The city bid to be part of the UK tour of Tim Peake’s Soyuz descent module and has today learned Plymouth has been shortlisted to host the spacecraft and parachute. On 18 June 2016, Tim Peake returned to Earth after […]


ACE funding news for Plymouth’s History Centre

The good news about Plymouth’s History Centre keeps coming. Project partners have just learned that Arts Council England (ACE) has given the green light to a full funding request of £4,175,000. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “This is yet more brilliant news – news that will really help us to achieve […]


Massive weekend for the arts coming up!

A series of small grants are adding a vital spark to this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender which takes place this weekend (23 to 25 September). Over 90 events, involving 500 local, national and international artists, will be taking place all over the city from the water’s edge to people’s houses, the Athenaeum to the Mayflower […]


Museum and Art Gallery prepares to close for the History Centre

Things will never be the same again after tomorrow (Saturday 3 September) at the City Museum and Art Gallery, which will close its doors at 5pm so construction and development work for the Plymouth History Centre (working title) can get underway. The Museum building originally opened in 1910 and will be closed until spring 2020 […]


Council awards two Art Weekender grants to local artists

Two local artists have received funding support from our Arts and Heritage Service to enable them to take part in this year‘s Plymouth Art Weekender. Katy Richardson with The Imperfect Orchestra and LOW PROFILE have each been awarded £500. They will now feature on the programme for the Art Weekender which will run from Friday 23 […]


History Centre team with History Centre building contractor

Building contractor announced for History Centre

History Centre partners have today announced the appointment of construction and regeneration specialist Willmott Dixon as the contractor for the project. Willmott Dixon is one of the largest contracting companies in the UK with offices throughout England and Wales, yet it has remained a family-run business since its establishment in 1852. The company, which recently […]


History Centre team celebrates funding from Wolfson Foundation

The team behind the Plymouth History Centre project is celebrating again after receiving confirmation of a £128,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation. The London-based charity supports excellence in the fields of science, education, health and the arts and humanities, including museums and galleries, historic buildings and landscapes. It has already awarded more than £1 million […]


Last chance to catch War Games exhibition

A major exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is heading into its final week. War Games is a nationally touring exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood and will be on display until Saturday 18 June. The exhibition explores the role of warfare in children’s play from 1800 to the present day, and looks […]


Vital Sparks to support seven new community arts projects

Seven Plymouth-based community arts projects have been given the go-ahead this week thanks to funding support from Vital Sparks. Vital Sparks is a Plymouth Culture project led by Plymouth City Council and funded by Arts Council England. The scheme awards bursaries of £500 to £5,000 to community, youth and residents groups and is designed to […]


The Vikings and Tudors are back as Local Studies Day returns

Plymouth’s annual Local Studies Day will take place on Saturday 7 May with a day of presentations that celebrate the history of Plymouth. The event, which will kickstart this year’s History Festival, will be held at the Robbins Conference Centre from 9am to 4.30pm. It will also include a series of small displays highlighting current […]


Final flag raised in Hoe Garden public art project

The third in a series of flags celebrating Edward Stanley Gibbons, the Plymouth-born founder of the renowned Stanley Gibbons stamp business, will be raised in the Hoe Garden this afternoon. The flags are the brainchild of artist Joanna Brinton, who won a public art commission from the Council (supported by Plymouth Culture) to showcase local artists […]


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 […]

Project partners celebrate the Arts Council funding announcement

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 […]


How Plymouth’s new history centre could look

This is what Plymouth’s new history centre could look like at night. The team behind the project has issued the latest concepts for the project which will be a game changer in how Plymouth celebrates its incredible history and culture. The images are being released as exciting plans to put Plymouth on the national cultural […]


Green light for tower to be lit up

Plymouth’s Mount Batten Tower is the next landmark to have its moment in the permanent spotlight as part of a Council project to light up the city’s monuments. Historic England has recently given the go-ahead for listed building consent to have LED lights installed around the tower of one the city’s oldest fortifications. They described […]


New lights to shine on Charles Church

Plymouth’s memorial to the Blitz will be seen in a different light from next week. From Tuesday night (June 2) Charles Church will be illuminated by a new set of lights which have been installed on the monument at the top of Exeter Street. The church, which dates back to the 1600s, was entirely burnt […]


Every little thing’s gonna be a-light! Smeaton’s Tower turns green

Plymouth’s famous Smeaton’s Tower will be shining green tomorrow in support of Plymouth Argyle. The lights around the iconic tower will be glowing green as the team and the Green Army head off to Buckinghamshire to take on Wycombe Wanderers in the second leg of the play off. Deputy leader Councillor Peter Smith said: “We […]


More community groups get Vital Sparks funding

Vital Sparks, a city-wide initiative designed to inspire arts, culture and creativity, has awarded bursaries to five new exciting projects. This unique Plymouth Culture initiative is led by Plymouth City Council and supported by Arts Council England. Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “There are some lovely projects that will get a […]


125 events on packed Plymouth History Festival programme

This year’s Plymouth’s History Festival is set to begin later this week and features a packed programme filled with 125 events. The festival will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 31 May and is coordinated by our arts and heritage service, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and a wide variety of local organisations, […]


De-lightful! See Smeaton’s Tower in a new light ….

Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower is to be lit up in all its glory for the first time on Wednesday evening. The lighthouse on the Hoe will be in the spotlight as the new LED lights get switched on. From Wednesday night, a white light will shine on the lighthouse whose design became the template for […]


Liner Lookout serving up Plymouth pasty

The original Plymouth Pasty is to be brought back to life for tasting in an historic building that is also being brought back to life. Dave Morrish has opened the newly-restored Liner Lookout on the Hoe as part of the Plymouth Your Space project. And he’s now serving up a recreation of the original pasty from the […]


Techies take over the tower to let there be light

The countdown to Smeaton’s Tower lighting up gets underway on Monday 13 April with technicians taking over the tower to begin the installation. The symbol of Britain’s Ocean City will be lit up by the end of the month, if the installation programme goes according to plan. LITE ltd, supported by Hydrock and Hyde Park […]


Plymouth UK to meet with Massachusetts Senators to discuss Mayflower 400

Plans for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower are underway as representatives from the Plymouth UK Mayflower 400 Leadership Group meet with key US Senators. Plymouth has been nationally recognised by the UK Government as the UK lead city for the celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the […]


Build-up to 2015 History Festival gets under way

Plans for this year’s Plymouth’s History Festival are well under way, with more than 100 different events already confirmed. The festival will run from 1 to 31 May and a wide range of historical events are taking place across the city, providing residents and visitors with opportunities to celebrate and learn more about Plymouth’s heritage. […]