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Crumbling stone pineapples to come down from Charles Church

Four giant stone pineapples – each weighing around a tonne – are to be taken down from the Charles Church tower as part of a maintenance project that’s now started on the important Grade I listed Plymouth monument. Contractors have set up on site of the church which is the city’s memorial to those who […]


The Beatles in the ABC, 1964

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 […]


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 […]


Historic plaques get some TLC

Some of Plymouth’s historic plaques are being given a facelift thanks to a city-wide refurbishment programme. Existing plaques commemorating stamp dealer Stanley Gibbons (1840-1913), T E Shaw – otherwise known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1888-1935)­ – and the possible Mayflower Pilgrim associations with Island House have been removed, repainted in a more familiar blue and […]


Marking a momentous voyage

One of the most momentous voyages to be made by man is being celebrated in Plymouth. Exactly 50 years to the day Sir Francis Chichester KBE departed on his first single-handed voyage around the globe, will be a formal unveiling of a plaque to replace one lost during the winter storms of 2014. Giles Chichester […]


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 […]


Special blessing at Civic Service to mark 75th anniversary of Plymouth Blitz

Poppy seeds will be blessed by the Bishop of Plymouth at a civic church service to honour those who lost their lives in the Plymouth Blitz. The Right Reverend Nick McKinnel will bless the seeds during the service at the Minster Church of St Andrew on Sunday 24 April at 3pm to commemorate 75 years […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Royal Navy personnel moving the model to the truck

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Symbol of Britain’s Ocean City to be in spotlight?

Plans to light up the Smeaton’s Tower have now been submitted. A planning application for listed building consent to install LED lighting in and around the historic lighthouse together with spotlights from the ground as well as around the balcony has now been submitted. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets said: “I […]


A historic tonic for Plymouth Gin

Senior figures at Plymouth Gin came face to face with their own history in the city recently. Two beautiful parchment deeds dating back to 1668 were on show at the Plymouth City Art Gallery and Museum at an event to mark the launch of the Open for Business exhibition. Staff at Plymouth and West Devon […]


New lease of life for liner lookout

A watch tower overlooking Plymouth Sound is getting a new lease of life, thanks to an exciting, award-winning scheme to entice entrepreneurs with cracking ideas. The ‘Liner Lookout’ stands on Plymouth’s world-famous Hoe and is one of a number of sites in the city centre and on Plymouth’s stunning waterfront being marketed for use under […]


Historic Full Council meeting commemorates Plymouth’s ‘Three Towns’ centenary

Today’s Full Council meeting is being held at Devonport Guildhall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the amalgamation of the three towns of Devonport, East Stonehouse and Plymouth. Before the historic meeting got under way, freemen and aldermen of the city gathered on the steps of the building in Ker Street to recreate a photo […]


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 […]


Team appointed to oversee History Centre development

A key appointment has been made to the team that will drive the development of the £21m Plymouth History Centre. Plymouth City Council has appointed consultants Atkins to lead the design of the project, which will see Plymouth’s existing museum and art gallery refurbished and expanded to create a major new attraction. The appointment follows […]


Archaeology comes alive for special event at City Museum

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating the British Festival of Archaeology with a special, free event for all ages on Saturday 12 July. ‘Archaeology’s Alive’ will run from 11am to 3pm and feature a range of different drop-in style activities, all of which are designed to highlight the importance of archaeology or the […]


Launch of Plymouth’s Book of Wonder

Over 100 amazing facts about Plymouth have been brought together in a lovely book that will help show off Britain’s Ocean City. The publication features a mixture of quirky and fascinating knowledge nuggets all beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs and designs that will catch the eyes of movers and shakers in the region, Whitehall and […]


Americans join Plymouth to remember D-Day landings  

Date: Sunday 8 June 2014 Time: 1.30pm Place: Saltash Passage – a delegation of Americans, together with the American Naval attache Alan Brechbill, will join Civic leaders at the landing site. Plymouth will be honoring the memory of thousands of Americans who were based in the city as part of the 70th anniversary of the […]