Open Days and Special Events

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

The Clifton Inn, 35 Clifton Street, PL4 8JB
The Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, PL4 9AF
The Minerva Inn, 31 Looe Street, PL4 9AF
The Pub on the Hoe, 159 Citadel Road, PL1 2HU
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

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

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
10am 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.
Admission is free and there is no need to book.
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
12pm to 1pm
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.

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

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.

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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