Open Days and Special Events

SUMMERSKILLS PLYMOUTH HISTORY FESTIVALE TRAIL
Throughout May
The Fortescue Hotel, 37 Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6JQ

The Clifton Inn, 35 Clifton Street, Plymouth PL4 8JB
The Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
The Minerva Inn, 31 Looe Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
The Pub on the Hoe, 159 Citadel Road, Plymouth PL1 2HU
Launch Event: Saturday 2 May, 2pm, Fortescue Hotel

In partnership with Summerskills, Plymouth’s oldest working brewery, a special History Festival ale will be available throughout May at five historic pubs from Mutley Plain to Plymouth Hoe. Within each venue, beer mats featuring images from the Arts and Heritage photographic collections that relate directly to the geographical location of each pub will be on display for people to take home.
Opening times and prices vary
An ale trail guide with historical infomation available at each venue.

LOCAL STUDIES DAY 2015
Saturday 2 May
9am to 4.30pm
Robbins Conference Centre, Plymouth University, Gibbon Street, Plymouth PL4 8BT
A day of talks and displays celebrating the history of Plymouth and the surrounding area. Presentations will focus on Charles Church, Napoleon, the Three Towns and more. See the full programme and download a booking form from here.
£20 (with lunch) or £12 (without lunch).
Booking is essential before 2 April via 01752 305902 or by emailing the booking form to library@plymouth.gov.uk

WORKSHOP: LETTERS OF HISTORY
Saturday 2 May
11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ
Join English students from Plymouth University for a workshop based on the portraits in the Museum and Art Gallery’s ‘In the Frame: Plymouth’s Portraits Revealed’ exhibition. Find out more about the works of art on display and interact with the characters by reading their imaginary letters and trying your hand at writing, or illustrating, a letter in response. Suitable for all ages. 
Admission is free. There is no need to book. Drop in for as little or as long as you like.
For enquiries call 01752 304774 or email museum@plymouth.gov.uk

BOOK LAUNCH: THE JEWS OF PLYMOUTH
Saturday 2 May
3pm to 5pm
Synagogue Chambers, Catherine Street, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Hosted by Judi Spiers of BBC Radio Devon

Meet and greet Helen Fry, author of this illustrated account of the History of the Jewish people of Plymouth. Helen will be signing copies of her book. You will also be able to see a display of photographs from the last hundred years.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
Booking is essential via 07753 267616 or phccaretaker@yahoo.co.uk

EDGCUMBE 500 – GREEN MAN EVENT
Sunday 3 May
10am to 4pm
Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1HZ
Join us at Mount Edgcumbe to celebrate the rebirth of the year. Take a look back at how land management has progressed over the last 500 years and take a peek at the history, natural habitat and deer of the estate. With falconry displays, archery, willow weaving and wood turning and accompanied by a fantastic Cornish Band. The festival will include a craft fair and food market all woven around the huge central figure of a Green Man – the spirit of fertility and renewal.
Free entry, no need to book. (£5 per car – all day parking)
For enquiries call 01752 822236 or visit
www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk

DEVONPORT NAVAL HERITAGE CENTRE OPEN DAY
Monday 4 and 25 May
10am to 4.30pm
Devonport Naval Heritage Centre, off Granby Way, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4HG
Visit the Naval Heritage Centre and discover how the dockyard of the 1690s has grown into the largest Naval Base in Western Europe, and led to the creation of both Devonport and Torpoint. Explore more than eight galleries of artefacts displayed in adjacent buildings in the historic South Yard, plus enjoy wide range of displays and activities together with a programme of short talks/slide shows. On 25 May you can also take a guided Harbour Tour on a RMAS Support Vessel or decommissioned submarine HMS Courageous (bookable on the day). Detailed programmes will be available on the gate on the day.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome. Light refreshments are available on-site.
For enquiries call 01752 554200 or email devonportnavalheritage@gmail.com

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THE TORAH: Q&A SESSIONS
Monday 4 May, 3pm to 5pm with Elkan Levy
Saturday 16 May, 4pm to 8pm with Joe Bard
Synagogue Chambers, Catherine Street, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Take this opportunity to have your questions explained with Elkan Levy, Minister to Small Communities and Joe Bard, Member of the Plymouth Congregation.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
Booking is essential on 07753 267616 or email phccaretaker@yahoo.co.uk

TRACE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY SESSIONS
Tuesday 5 May
12pm to 3.30pm (last visitor at 3pm)
Southway Library, 351 Southway Drive, Southway, Plymouth PL6 6QR
Plymstock Library, Horn Cross Road, Plymstock, Plymouth PL9 9BU
Join members of the Devon Family History Society will be available to help you with tracing your Family History.
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For enquiries call 01822 853687.

HISTORY FLOWER FESTIVAL
Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 May
Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 2pm to 4pm

St Andrews Minster Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
See the minster decorated for five days with floral arrangements to recall the Garden Church of 70 years ago.
There is no need to book. Programme £2.
For enquiries call 01752 661414.

BYGONE PLYMOUTH REMINSCENCE SESSION
Wednesday 6 May
2pm to 4pm
Plymstock Community Centre, 6 Memory Lane, Plymstock PL9 9GH
Designed specifically for those living with dementia and their carers, come and share your memories of bygone Plymouth in what promises to be a lively and fun reminiscence session. A variety of handling objects and photographs will be used by staff from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and The Alzheimer’s Society’s Plymstock Activity Group to generate discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own old photos with interesting stories too. Refreshments will be provided.
Admission is free. Advance booking is essential and places are only open to those with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers.
To book a place and for enquiries call 01752 608908 or email sian.gough@alzheimers.org.uk

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VE DAY PRAYERS
Friday 8 May
3pm to 4pm
St Andrews Minster Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Join in with prayers to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For enquiries call 01752 661414.

ARCHAEOLOGY IN DEVON CONFERENCE
Saturday 9 May
10am to 5.15pm
Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW
Each year, the Devon Archaeological Society runs a day of talks which give an overview of recent archaeological work across the county. This year they are holding this event in Plymouth at the Athenaeum. There will be 8 talks including reports about the Emmets Post barrow excavation (Dartmoor), the further investigation of the Naval Cemetery at The Crescent (behind the Athenaeum) and a review of the post medieval pottery found in the predevelopment excavations in the Barbican area 50 years ago.
Morning & afternoon coffee/tea are included but not lunch.
£17 to members of the Devon Archaeological Society, Cornwall Archaeological Society and the Plymouth and District Archaeological Society. £19 for non-members.
Prebooking and payment required by May 2nd using the booking form available from the DAS or PDAS web sites. Copies should be available from the Plymouth City Museum (Uncovered Archaeology Gallery)
For enquiries call 01752 863084 or email Mrs N Bray bookingAinD.DAS@thebrays.eclipse.co.uk or Chris Ruse chris@rusej.freeserve.co.uk

PLYMPTON ST MAURICE CHURCH OPEN DAY
Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 May
10am to 1pm
Church Road, Plympton St. Maurice, Devon PL7 1NH
Description
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For enquiries call 01752 337416 or 01752 335277 or email info@plymptoncivicsociety.org.uk

DISCUSSION GROUP: PLYMOUTH DURING THE PROTECTORATE ERA
Wednesday 13 May
2.30pm to 4pm
Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW
Do many laws lead to confusion and injustice? Come along and join in with the debate.
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For enquiries call 01752 266079 or email history@plymouthathenaeum.co.uk or bussec@plymouthathenaeum.co.uk

ATHENAEUM ART GROUP WORKSHOP
Thursday 14 May
10.15am to 12pm
Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For enquiries call 01752 266079 or email history@plymouthathenaeum.co.uk or bussec@plymouthathenaeum.co.uk

THE DIVIDING LINE FILM SCREENING: A HISTORY OF BARNE BARTON
Friday 15 May
7pm to 9pm
Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, PL1 2NJ
A film exploring the relationship that the Barne Barton Community has with the River Tamar, which the community experiences an unfortunate lack of access to.
This film beautifully explains how important it is to these people and how it has shaped its development as a community.  The community voices are layered with archival footage from South West Film and Television Archive.
Barne Barton is a former MOD housing estate, cut off from the River Tamar and the City of Plymouth my MOD land and a railway line.  The community are currently developing a Neighbourhood Plan, a pilot project for Plymouth, which will give local people a voice in future developments in the estate and map out what is needed for the community to thrive.
The evening will use the film as a starting point for discussions around Neighbourhood Planning as well as achievements in the Barne Barton community.  It is sure to be engaging.
The Dividing Line is a film by Mark Vernon commissioned by Take A Part and the River Tamar Project.
Free but space is limited.
For further information and bookings please call Take A Part CIC on 07952 558091 or email takeapart@hotmail.com

CROWNHILL HILL FORT GOLDEN WEEKEND OPEN DAY
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May
10am to 4pm
Crownhill Fort, Crownhill Fort Road, Plymouth PL6 5BX

Built in the 1860s to protect Plymouth from attack, Crownhill Fort is the largest and most advanced of Plymouth’s nineteenth-century forts. It is one of only two works of its kind surviving in good condition in the country. Crownhill Fort retains its tunnels, earth ramparts, parade ground and canon. From its completion in 1872 until 1986, the fort was under continuous military occupation. Various gun pits remain from World War II and the fort was used as an assembly point by forces leaving for the Falklands War.
At 3pm on Saturday 16 May, Crownhill Fort will participate in a shared Golden Moment with the 24 other Landmarks open across the country. Community music groups will simultaneously perform a specially composed Anthem for Landmark. Here at Crownhill Fort ‘Big Noise Chorus’ will be performing. Come and be part of this special moment! If the weather is fine, you are welcome to picnic on the ramparts.
Free Admission, no need to book
For enquires call 01752 793754 or email info@crownhillfort.co.uk

TRACE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY SESSIONS
Tuesday 19 May
12pm to 3.30pm (last visitor at 3pm)
Plympton Library, Harewood, Plympton PL7 2AS
North Prospect Library, The Beacon, 163 North Prospect Road, Plymouth PL2 2ND
Join members of the Devon Family History Society will be available to help you with tracing your Family History.
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For enquiries call 01822 853687.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ROLE OF THE ARCHIVE
Tuesday 19 May
5.30pm to 7.30pm
The Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Join Photographer Emily Barrett, Artist and Curator Rachael Gomery, SWiB Archivist Colette Hobbs, Plymouth University BA Photography Programme Leader Oli Udy and History Festival Coordinator Tim Mills for a special edition of the Bread and Roses ‘Talking Heads’ discussion group. Conversations will be based around ‘The Forgotten Image’ exhibition and the wider uses of archive material within contemporary photographic practice.
Admission free, no need to book
Spaces limited, turn up early to ensure a seat
For enquires call 01752 659861 or email emily.barrett@students.plymouth.ac.uk or rachaelgomery@live.com

DEVONPORT ARCHIVE FILM EVENING
Friday 22 May
6pm to 8pm
Devonport Live Cafe / Venue, 56-58 George Street, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4HR
As part of the ‘Constructing a Community’ exhibition at Devonport Live, archive films produced in Devonport from the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) will be shown as a complement to the photographic images from the City Architects and City Engineers collections.
Free admission, donations to charity welcome. Booking essential due to limited seating.
For enquiries and bookings call 01752 657843 or email Jess@devonportlive.com

SMUGGLERS MARKET
Sunday 24 May
10am to 4pm
Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1HZ
Join us to celebrate the peninsula’s dark and murky dealings over the past 500 years. The Pirates of St Piran will be arriving on board a real pirate ship which will moor just off shore.
With a themed market, beer tents, hog roasts, children’s activities and live music from the pirates there’s something for everyone.
Free entry, no need to book. (£5 per car – all day parking)
For enquiries call 01752 822236 or visit
www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk

ST ANDREW’S CIVIC SERVICE
Sunday 24 May
10am to 12pm
St Andrews Minster Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Attend a special Civic Service to celebrate the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe.
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For enquiries call 01752 661414.

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YOUR HISTORY, YOUR HERITAGE……UNCOVERED
Sunday 31 May
10am to 4pm
Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EL
Come along to an interactive fun family event filled with living history, celebrating Plymouth’s rich heritage. Artefact displays, re-enactors and guest speakers will bring the past into the present – from the Roman period, medieval times, The Siege of Plymouth to the Blitz of World War II. We will also be commemorating the 70th Anniversary of VE/VJ Day.
Admission to the main event is free. Donations are welcome. There is no need to book. Standard charges for Column Tours apply.
For enquiries call 01752 822388 or email events@hiddenheritage.org

  1. Margaret Jarvis

    I arrive in Plymouth from Australia on 28 May – I should have organised my flight to co-inside with the festival but didn’t think to check! 😕

    • Plymouth Arts and Heritage

      Hopefully you might manage to catch the last few days of the Festival Margaret! Safe journey.

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