Well we can’t quite believe it, but Plymouth History Festival 2014 is all wrapped up and finished! It’s been an incredible month of amazing events from such a huge range of people, and we thank each and every one of you. We hope you found this year’s History Festival as wonderful and fascinating as we did, and if you have any feedback we’d be happy to hear it. For now, however, have a happy and sunny June, and we’ll see you all next May for Plymouth History Festival 2015!
We’re almost over! What a month it’s been though. Our final day offers you an exhibition on Lost Senses by Juliet Middleton-Batts at the Plymouth Arts Centre, and a final opportunity to listen to a fascinating talk on Freemasonry and its Historic Connection with Plymouth. Finishing up too is Plymouth History Week Live at Drake Circus, who are celebrating the Three Towns on Saturday. We hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last month, and we’ll see you tomorrow for our final events!
It’s the penultimate day of the Plymouth History Festival 2014 tomorrow, and we haven’t run out of steam yet. An exhibition on Lost Senses by Juliet Middleton-Batts opens at the Plymouth Arts Centre, so make sure you take a wander round that. There’s also a talk on the Outbreak of War in the Three Towns at the Central Library, beginning at 2:30pm. It’s the last day of half term, so bring the children along to Meet the Vikings at the Museum, where they can learn about Viking life from some real life Vikings. Drake Circus continues with its Plymouth History Week Live, tomorrow examining Plymouth’s military, maritime, and WWI links. The History Festival is almost over, so come along and enjoy the penultimate day.
The countdown continues as we look towards Thursday, with only three days left. There’s plenty to see and do tomorrow, and as usual Saltram House is extra busy. They have guided tours including Being a Servant at Saltram, Where are the Toilets?, and A Few of my Favourite Things. There’s also a guided walk, Strolling Saltram’s Shore, which meets in the National Trust car park. It’s also your last chance to take a guided tour of the Plymouth Synagogue, so don’t miss your opportunity. St. Andrew’s Minster Church has a number of events available for you to enjoy, including guided tours of St. Andrew’s Church, or St. Andrew’s Church and Prysten House. There is also a final organ recital by Jeremy Clark. If the children want to get involved, then come along to Fish, Ships, and Lighthouses at Smeaton’s Tower, or the Setting Sail workshop at the Museum. Day three of Plymouth History Week Live at Drake Circus looks at art. We’ll see you all tomorrow!
Only four days left, and Wednesday won’t disappoint. It’s your last chance to take the Buckland Abbey in depth tour tomorrow morning, so don’t miss it. Plymouth Museum has a talk on Plympton-boy-done-good Sir Joshua Reynolds and his Artistic Career. There’s also a meeting of the Plymouth Global Book Club, focusing on “The Speech” by Gary Younge in the evening, over at Plymouth University. If the young ones want something to do, then why not pop down to the Museum for their drop in workshop, Portrait Consequences, or head over to Smeaton’s Tower for the Fish, Ships, and Lighthouses workshop. Plymouth History Week Live continues in Drake Circus, with a theme of the secrets of Plymouth. Ooh-err!
So you’ve made it through Monday, and Tuesday is on its way to keep you happy. Saltram House has another two guided tours of the Forgotten Stables for you to enjoy, as well as another guided talk Exploring the Garden Buildings. There are also guided tours of North Prospect and Plymouth synagogue if you’ve already participated in the Saltram House tours. St. Andrew’s Minster Church has a guided tour available for you too, around St. Andrew’s Church and Prysten House. And whilst you’re there why not enjoy listening to the organ recital at 1pm. From 7pm Mutley Baptist Church is hosting a talk on The Plight of Plymouth’s Poor – Were your relatives living in Plymouth in 1851-1925? What was their life really like? If you’re in town then why not pop into Drake Circus for their event Plymouth History Week Live. Tomorrow’s focus is on explorers. There’s something for everyone tomorrow, so we’ll see you then!
So we’re heading into the final week of the Plymouth History Festival 2014, but we’re not slowing down just yet. Tomorrow the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre is holding an open day, where you can explore the artefacts, listen to some short talks, or even take a tour of a decommissioned nuclear submarine. And admission is free! If that doesn’t tickle your fancy then why not take a guided walk and Discover the Royal William Yard in the evening from 5pm. Get rid of your Monday blues and get involved!
It’s almost the end of the third week, and we’re leaving it in style. Plymouth Museum’s Modern Masters Launch Weekend continues tomorrow from 11am-4pm with plenty to do for the whole family. Mount Edgcumbe is holding a Smugglers Market, and it features an authentic tall ship, pirates, hog roasts, bouncy castles (and a beer tent for the over 18s!) with free admission so there’s no reason to miss it. We also have the amazing Sky Ride happening from 11am-3pm, where you can cycle as much or as little as you want on a traffic free route. All ages and abilities are welcome, so come along and enjoy the day. Happy Sunday!
It’s Saturday tomorrow, and what better way to celebrate the end of the working week than with a launch event. Plymouth Museum hosts its Modern Masters Launch Weekend, with an exhibition including works by Picasso, Matisse, Dali, and Warhol. There are craft activities for the young ones, and guided tours for the curious minds, plus the chance to browse the exhibition at your own leisure. There’s also another chance to hear the talk on Freemasonry and its Historic Connection with Plymouth at the Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Centre from 7pm. We’ll see you all tomorrow!
The best day of the week is almost upon us, and we’re going to try and make it even better. Buckland Abbey’s Lecture Lunches are back once more, and Saltram House has an illustrated talk on Montagu Parker, 5th Earl of Morley – Soldier and Raider of the Lost Ark – both of which sound fascinating. If you’re in the mood for a guided tour, then luckily the Naval Heritage Centre can help with a guided tour from 2pm-4pm. And if you’re brave enough to climb all 93 steps, then there are guided tours of Smeaton’s Tower running throughout the day. See you at the top!