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Win MTV Crashes tickets with the Plymouth History Centre

As part of its major community engagement project Plymouth After Dark, the Plymouth History Centre is offering a chance to win a pair of tickets to either Day One or Day Two of this year’s MTV Crashes Plymouth. Plymouth After Dark is a four-year community project looking at everything that happens in the city when […]

The Beatles in the ABC, 1964

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 […]


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 with History Centre building contractor

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 […]


New family events at Smeaton’s Tower

Our arts and heritage service has launched a brand new series of family-friendly events at Smeaton’s Tower. ‘Smeaton’s Tower Rocks’ will take place on Sunday 12 June, with a chance to paint lighthouse scenes on pebbles collected from the local foreshore. Visitors will be able to paint ‘Sunny Seaside Scenes’ on Sunday 17 July and make […]


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 […]


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 […]


Sea of poppies to surround Charles Church

A sea of poppies will surround the ruins of Charles Church this year as part of an exciting programme of work to celebrate this important Plymouth monument. Seeds will be planted next month around the church at the top of Exeter Street which is the city’s memorial to those who lost their lives in the […]


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

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 […]


Getting the tick to tock on the clock

The clock will soon be ticking on one of Plymouth’s landmarks. Repair works are currently being carried out to Derry’s Clock, which takes pride of place in recently completed landscaped work behind the Theatre Royal. Getting the clock working is the final piece of work being carried out as part of the public space improvements […]


Refurbishment work starts at new Central Library

Work to create a new Central Library in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre is now under way. Vacant retail and bank units on the corner of Armada Way and Mayflower Street are being converted to create a more modern, flexible and welcoming library that will replace the one in Drake Circus. As well as […]


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 […]


Naval collection on the move

Plymouth Central Library’s extensive naval history collection is moving to Devonport Library this weekend. The collection includes books, images, journals and other artefacts and provides a fascinating background to the history of the Royal Navy in Plymouth. It is moving to Devonport ahead of the relocation of the Central Library and eventually being homed in […]


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 […]


Plympton Library pays tribute to local soldiers who died in WWI

Plympton Library has been paying tribute to local soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War. Staff used the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and other online resources including Find My Past and Ancestry (which are both available for free in Plymouth libraries) to research the lives of servicemen who had a link with […]


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 […]


US Ambassador re-opens museum five years before Mayflower 400 anniversary

US Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun officially opened the newly refurbished Mayflower Museum on Plymouth’s Barbican during his two day visit to the city. The Ambassador and Council Leader Tudor Evans unveiled a plaque in the waterfront museum, which is immediately opposite the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims set off 395 years ago. The […]


Join in with the Memory Roadshow

Our arts and heritage and library services teams are joining forces for a programme of monthly reminiscence sessions The Memory Roadshow will focus on various topics and run at Plympton, Plymstock, St Budeaux and Devonport libraries between now and Spring 2016. People will be able to look at objects and photos from the Museum and Art […]


Natural history curator Jan Freedman with the leopard's tooth

Research reveals origins of mysterious ‘Tiger Tooth’

Joint research between Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and a member of the public has uncovered the truth about a mysterious animal tooth once believed to belong to an Ice Age leopard. The tooth was discovered in a spoil heap in a Plymouth garden in 1960 and taken into the museum for identification in […]


Mayflower Museum re-opens following refurbishment

Plymouth’s Mayflower Museum will re-open on Saturday 1 August following a £35,000 refurbishment. Three floors have been improved, thanks to a grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to create a more exciting and engaging experience for school children, families, local residents and tourists. Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “We’ve revamped the […]


Historic breakwater inspires unique piece of public art

What do an historic painting, a military band, an event on water and a giant wave breaker have in common? They’re all part of an exciting public art commission by a Plymouth-based artist who is aiming to shed new light on the city’s breakwater. Heavy Rock by Keith Harrison is a New Expressions commission for […]


New home for Mayflower model

A model of the Mayflower built by Devonport Dockyard apprentices in 1969-70 will take centre stage at the newly revamped Mayflower Museum on Plymouth’s Barbican. The model, which has been on display in the Council House for the last 45 years, was originally built to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower […]

Royal Navy personnel moving the model to the truck

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, […]


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. […]


Plymouth wins funding for revamp at Mayflower Museum

Plymouth City Council and the partnership leading plans for Mayflower 400 are celebrating news that the city has won £35,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to upgrade the Mayflower Museum on the Barbican. The funding, announced today by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, will allow a […]


Iconic buildings set to shine in ‘Light Fantastic’ events

Five of Plymouth’s most iconic buildings will become beacons of light on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November as part of the city’s Three Towns centenary celebrations. Light Fantastic will see landmarks in Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse brought to life with photos, images, sounds and memories from the last century as well as today. On […]


Youngsters celebrate completion of conservation works on Stonehouse Wall

Youngsters from St George’s Primary School have planted shrubs at Stonehouse Wall to mark the completion of conservation works. The medieval wall, which forms a boundary between Stonehall Flats and the site owned by Princess Yachts, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and dates back to 1540. It used to defend the town of Stonehouse and […]


Event registration now open for 2015 History Festival

Registration for next year’s Plymouth History Festival is now open to all local event providers. The annual celebration of the city’s heritage will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 31 May 2015. Since it was launched in 2012, two successful festivals have taken place, offering more than 250 events that have been enjoyed by thousands […]


Perfect 10 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 10th year in a row. The inspector from the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) said he was extremely pleased with the standard of the Museum’s pre-visit and marketing materials, signage, facilities, displays, exhibitions and customer service. VisitEngland […]