Another busy day

The Synagogue continues with its busy History Festival schedule tomorrow with a guided tour and a talk in the Vestry about the Sukkah. Why not come along to the Museum and Art Gallery and see four exhibitions plus hear a talk on the ‘Forgotten Soldiers of the Boer War’. Learn more about the ‘Lost Churches of Plymouth at Mutley Baptist Church, or enjoy the ‘City Pleasures, City Dangers’ lecture by Lynda Nead, a leading authority in Victorian studies, hosted by Plymouth University.

What’s in store for Week Three

Week three of the History Festival kicks off tomorrow with a Family History Help Desk at the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, with experts on hand to guide you through the use of archives. If you’ve yet to enjoy the Darwin exhibition at the Athenaeum, you have another chance from 7pm-9pm, and keep your eye on the Big Screen as you pass through the city centre for the ‘Big Screens’ project curated by Art History students from Plymouth University.

Getting interactive

On Sunday morning you can explore not one but three exhibitions at Mount Edgcumbe! During the afternoon you can enjoy city-based events including tours of the Synagogue and Royal Citadel. If you’re out enjoying a stroll around the Barbican, why not check out the interactive ‘Damnation Alley’ walk which is available to download at

Beyond the city

If you’ve been enjoying events in the city so far, why not head slightly further afield tomorrow? Saturday’s programme includes an exhibition, tour and ‘Raiders Of The Lost Gardens’ event at Saltram House and the wonderful Rembrandt self-portrait exhibition at Buckland Abbey. If you’re considering a journey across the Tamar, Whitsand Bay Fort Holiday Park is the location for Hidden Heritage’s Blitz exhibition (pre-booking required)!

Coming to the end of week two

This Friday ‘Hidden Heritage’ offers up a hands-on Blitz exhibition at Whitsand Bay + a Blitz walk and talk around Central Park and Peverell. You can discover more about Lawrence of Arabia’s life at RAF Mount Batten at Spurgeon Hall, Mutley Plain and, as we draw towards the end of week two, could it be time for another pint of Summerskills History FestivALE?

So much to do!

If you missed the chance last week, there’s another opportunity to tour the Old Jewish Cemetery on Lambhay Hill tomorrow. The Park Pharmacy Trust opens its doors so you can learn about its use of historical artefacts, the University of St Mark and St John open its archives, Devonport Guildhall hosts the ‘Cumberland Special’  a walking tour led by City Museum curator Nigel Overton and the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre examines the shift from sail to steam at the Dockyard.

Talks on many topics

Why not make Wednesday a day of talks and tours? Mount Edgcumbe plays host to ‘The History of the Earl’s Garden’, ‘The Life and Works of Violet Pinwill’ will be discussed at St Andrew’s Minster, ‘The Wreck of the Dutton’ will be explored at Plymouth University and Lt. Col. Cresswell from 29 Commando presents ‘The Defence of Plymouth’ at the Royal Citadel.

Family history, marine history and more

Not had a chance to visit any exhibitions during the History Festival so far? We have 13 to choose from tomorrow including Ford Park Cemetery, the North Prospect Museum and 4 at the City Museum and Art Gallery. Get some top tips for your family history research with the Devon Family History Society at Devonport Park, listen to a talk about the history of marine research or enjoy a film about Pre-Raphaelite muse Effie Gray at Plymouth University.

Exhibitions, tours and walks

Week two of the Festival kicks off with exhibitions at Mount Edgcumbe House, Saltram House and Buckland Abbey. There’s another chance to view the fascinating Darwin exhibition at the Athenaeum plus the #plymblitz75 display at Whitsand Bay. Monday also includes the ever popular tour of the Synagogue. A guided walk of ‘Plymouth’s Hidden LGBT History’ concludes the day’s events.

Lots on for Sunday

If you missed out on Pirate Weekend or the Medieval Tournament today, don’t worry – you’ll have another chance tomorrow! As the first week of the Festival concludes, there’ll also an opportunity to learn about the Mikvah at the Synagogue and take part in guided walks around West Hoe and Marsh Mills.


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