The programme for the 2014 Plymouth History Festival is really starting to shape up! If you’d like to be involved please contact us with your event information by close of play on 24 December.
Following feedback from this year’s Festival we are trying to avoid too many clashes with events and have divided up each date in May into morning, lunchtime, afternoon and evening slots. Events can run over more than one slot. The following dates/slots are still available:
- Thursday 1 and Tuesday 27 May: AM, lunchtime and PM slots available
- Friday 2, Tuesday 6 and Friday 9 May: PM and evening slots available
- Saturday 3, Sunday 4, Monday 5, Thursday 8, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Monday 26 and Wednesday 28 May: evening slots available
- Wednesday 7 and Tuesday 20 May: AM and evening slots available
- Monday 12 and Thursday 22 May: lunchtime, PM and evening slots available
- Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 21 May: AM, PM and evening slots available
- Friday 16 and Thursday 29 May: lunchtime slots available
- Saturday 17 and Friday 23 May: lunchtime and evening slots available
- Sunday 18 May: AM and lunchtime and evening slots available
- Monday 19 May: All slots available
We look forward to hearing from you!
Event registration for the 2014 Plymouth History Festival is now open!
Earlier this year we had a massive programme of events across the City throughout May for the first-ever Plymouth History Festival. We’re hoping next year will be even better.
A number of the organisations who were involved last year have already expressed an interest in taking part again. If you’re interested in getting involved in next year’s Festival and running one or more events during May 2014 please go to the ‘Plymouth History Festival 2014′ page to see what information you need to provide. We are particularly looking for events that will take place on the following dates:
Thursday 1 May
Monday 12 May
Saturday 17 May
Monday 18 May
Thursday 22 May
Friday 23 May
Tuesday 27 May
Wednesday 28 May
Thursday 29 May
We look forward to hearing from you!
That’s it – Plymouth’s first-ever History Festival is over for 2013! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported it. If you have any feedback to offer we look forward to hearing from you and we’ll be in touch again soon about plans for 2014
One more day to go for 2013! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun! There’s family-friendly storytelling at Ernesettle, North Prospect and Stoke libraries, music for children at the City Museum and Art Gallery, displays, another City Centre Heritage Trees Tour and, finally, a big Open Grounds event at Crownhill Fort on the programme for Friday 31 May. Have a great day.
We can’t quite believe it but there are only two more days to go of the Plymouth History Festival. Thursday 30 May, our penultimate day, includes family-friendly activities at the City Museum and Art Gallery, Estover, St Budeaux and Efford libraries, music at the Merchant’s House, tours of the Naval Heritage Centre, Saltram House and ‘The Three Towns’, a coastal walk at Mount Edgcumbe and an exhibition at Ford Park Cemetery’s Visitor Centre.
Plymouth History Festival events for Wednesday 29 May have a decidedly maritime feel to them! There’s a display celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Citadel Hill Laboratory at the City Museum and Art Gallery, fishy stories for families at West Park, Crownhill, Plympton and Laira libraries, a walk and talk around Sutton Harbour, a talk at Mount Edgcumbe about the Metta Catharina shipwreck and a family-friendly holiday workshop at the City Museum and Art Gallery called ‘A’Hoy There Me Hearties!’
The History Festival programme is a packed one on Tuesday 28 May! There are guided tours of the synagogue as well as the stables and barns at Saltram House plus a guided bus tour of ‘The Three Towns’. Talks will be taking place at the Central Library and Mutley Baptist Church’s Spurgeon Hall. Displays at Torpoint Library and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery are also on show. It’s ‘Freedom History Day’ at Freedom Fields Park and there’ll be ‘Musical Merriment’ at the Merchant’s House (please note this event was previously advertised as taking place at the Elizabethan House but has been moved).
We hope everyone is really enjoying the second of May’s two bank holiday weekends – and looking forward to half term and the final week of Plymouth’s first ever History Festival! This week kicks off the official launch of Mount Edgcumbe’s Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Metta Catharina’ exhibition and there’s a special family-friendly storytelling session inspired by it tomorrow (Monday 27). The Metta Catharina is a Danish wreck that foundered off the Cornish coast in 1786 and which was eventually discovered in 1973!
There are plenty more great events to follow as we work our way towards the end of May. If you’re thinking of booking on this week’s guided Three Towns Guided Bus Tours (28 and 30) there are limited places left. Bookings can be made through the Museum which will re-open at 10am on Tuesday morning. Also, please note that due to unforseen circumstances, the ‘Musical Merriment’ event scheduled to take place in the Elizabethan House on 28 will now be held at the Merchant’s House instead! Enjoy the rest of the weekend
The City’s Archives are well and truly in the spotlight tomorrow (Saturday 25 May) for the Plymouth History Fest! Local history experts will be on hand to look at people’s historic documents and photographs and showcase some of the items under the care of the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (PWDRO) in our big ‘Archives from the Attic’ event in Plymouth University’s Portland Square Building.
Talks about PWDRO, the Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Pride in our Past and North Prospect History archive projects are also taking place in the Uni’s Devonport Lecture Theatre throughout the day. Films from/courtesy of the South West Film and Television Archive will be screened in the Jill Craigie Cinema.
Lots going on in the Plympton area too including a display, a children’s quiz, a tour and a guided walk. Finally, don’t miss a chance to have a sneak preview of the Museum’s forthcoming ‘Stories from the Stores’ exhibition or see an art installation (for one day only) by artist, Juliet Middleton-Batts at Smeaton’s Tower!
Displays about ‘Historical Plympton’ and ‘Torpoint All At Sea’, tours of St Andrew’s Church and the city centre’s Heritage Trees, a talk also at St Andrew’s, a play about the Cholera Epidemic of 1832 at the Lutheran Church, Plympton and Chris Robinson’s ‘Plymouth – Then and Now’ at the Jill Craigie Cinema are all on offer tomorrow (Friday 24 May) for Plymouth History Festival. Only one more week of the Festival to go!