Massive programme on offer for City’s first-ever History Festival

The programme for Plymouth’s first-ever History Festival has been officially unveiled and you can find details about the massive selection of more than 80 events on this site!

The Festival will take place from 1 to 31 May 2013 and aims to highlight Plymouth’s unique history and heritage.

A number of Plymouth City Council departments as well as over 30 different local organisations and heritage providers are contributing to the programme which includes exhibitions and displays, film, music and performance, family activities, talks, presentations, walks and guided tours, plus a host of special events such as Local Studies Day, Family History Day, Archives from the Attic, the Opening Ceremony for Devonport Column and Museums at Night. Don’t leave it too late to book for something you really want to go to!

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of interest and enthusiasm that everyone has shown so far. Our original aim was to bring together a number of historical events that happen in the City under one banner in order to provide people with as many opportunities as possible to take pride in and celebrate their local heritage,” said Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader.

“The programme is huge with events on offer for all different ages and interests. It also features a wide variety of locations from Crownhill, North Prospect, Stonehouse and Devonport, to the Hoe, the Barbican, the City Centre, Plympton and Plymstock. All the event providers seem to have really embraced the Festival and I’m sure local residents and visitors will too.”

Additional new events will be added to the site and an official events guide will be available from the Museum, the Barbican Tourist Information Centre and the City’s library network after Easter.

You can also stay up to date with developments by signing up to and


It’s all coming together

One city. One month. Over 80 different ways to explore your heritage.

We’re busy adding content to this site over the next few days as the programme for Plymouth’s first-ever History Festival really starts to come together. Please bear with us while we get everything online. The full programme will be announced in the press very soon and bookings will be able to made after that. So far, we’ve added more than 80 events and there are more to follow……….

Plymouth’s first-ever History Festival: May 2013

Various locations throughout the city
Wednesday 1 to Friday 31 May 2013

Plymouth’s first-ever History Festival will take place in May 2013.

The aim of the Festival is to highlight and celebrate Plymouth’s unique history and heritage. We hope to offer at least 50 different events for people of all ages and interests throughout the month.

The full programme is currently being finalised and will be officially launched in the New Year.

It will include displays, talks, guided walks, tours, family-friendly workshops and special events such as Local Studies Day 2013, Lord Mayor’s Day 2013 and Museums at Night 2013.

If you have any general enquiries about the Festival, please get in touch by sending an email to

If you’d like to get involved in the Festival by running a public event during May 2013 you can also contact us with your ideas at the same email address.

In the meantime, keep checking this site for up-to-date information as it’s confirmed. You can also sign up to our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay in the loop with developments.