Tag Archives : Mayflower


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 […]


Into Plymouth’s Lion’s Den – to clean it

Businesses across the city were asked to ‘Make a difference for Mayflower’ by contributing time, materials or sponsorship to get the city ready for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 2020. The project team, comprising Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth City Centre Company and the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, […]


Unmanned Mayflower Voyage to be key event in 2020

A pioneering project that marries the city’s past and its ambition to be a global centre for marine technology is to form part of the official Mayflower 400 commemorations. Plymouth City Council and the Plymouth-based Mayflower Autonomous Ship Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the ‘Mayflower Autonomous Ship’ – the […]


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 […]


US Ambassador visits lead city for Mayflower 400 events

US Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun is visiting the city where the Mayflower set off on its historic voyage to the United States almost exactly 395 years ago. The Ambassador is visiting Plymouth over two days and will be meeting the leadership group responsible for planning the Mayflower 400 events for which Plymouth is […]


Plans for new Central Library move forward

Plans for a new central library in the heart of Plymouth city centre have take a step forward following approval of a contract to refurbish former shops in Armada Way. The new Central Library will replace the current library in North Hill, making way for the £25 million History Centre which is due to open […]


Marine consultants to look at economic case for cruise terminal

Leading marine consultants have been appointed to look at the economic case for a cruise terminal for Plymouth. Specialists GP Wild International are compiling a report which will examine in detail the current cruise market, its future trends and the city’s possible place in this growing market. The company is a leading authority on passenger […]


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 […]


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

Plans for the £40m Bretonside development submitted

Plymouth City Council planners are set to consider plans for the £40 million Drake Circus Leisure development in Plymouth city centre. British Land has submitted a detailed application for the 100,000 sq ft leisure scheme that includes a 12 screen cinema, 13 restaurant units and 420 car park spaces The scheme, which is due to […]