Special and Family Events

Saturday 7 May, 9am to 4.30pm
The Robbins Conference Centre, Plymouth University, Gibbon Street, Plymouth PL4 8BZ
Come to this popular day of talks and presentations all of which celebrate the history of Plymouth and the surrounding area. The programme for this year will include:

  • New Research on Viking Activities in the South-West by Derek Gore, Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter
  • The Tudor Cattewater Wreck: Recent investigations into finds and dating by Martin Read, Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology at Plymouth University
  • Unpacking ‘The Spice Box’: How performance can help us understand history by Playwright Jon Nash and actors from The Barbican Theatre
  • Popular Revolt and Taxation in Plymouth and Devon, 1550-1640 by Todd Gray, Research Fellow at the University of Exeter
  • Dead Interesting: Victors and Victims of War by Dr Ian Hodgins
  • Plymouth Past on Film: ‘Plymouth Beats’ by Stacey Anderson from the South West Film and Television Archive and Colette Hobbs from the South West Image Bank
  • Updates on future projects for Libraries, Museums and the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

Tickets are £12 per person. Optional lunch tickets are also available and are £10 per person.
Tickets can be purchased online from eventbrite. Please call 01752 304774 for enquiries or assistance.

Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 May, 10am to 1pm
Church Road, Plympton St Maurice PL7 1NH
Come and look around this pretty church in the heart of historic Plympton St Maurice.
Free / No need to book / 01752 337416 or 01752 335277 / info@plymptoncivicsociety.org.uk

Tuesday 10 May, 11am to 3pm
Tuesday 17 May, 11am to 3pm

Pavilion Café, Devonport Park, Plymouth PL1 4BU
Find out how to start your family history research or let us try to break down that brick wall. Members of Devon Family History Society will be available to help – bring along what you already know.
Free / No need to book in advance / 01822 853687

Saturday 14 May, 10am to 3pm
Plympton Library, Harewood, Plympton PL7 2AS
Come along for some family fun inspired by historic Plympton.
Free / No need to book / 01752 337416 or 01752 335277 / info@plymptoncivicsociety.org.uk

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May
The Barbican, Quay Square and Sutton Harbour
Bring the family along to one of the waterfront’s busiest annual events for a day of pirate-themed fun that celebrates Plymouth’s maritime history. Why not come in costume?
Free / no need to book

Age of Chivalry group photo Plympton Priory and St Mary'sMEDIEVAL TOURNAMENT
Saturday 14 May, 12pm to 4pm
Sunday 15 May, 12pm to 4pm
Plympton Priory Site next to St Mary’s Church, 10 Market Road, Plympton PL7 1QW
(Note: Please do not park  in St Mary’s Churchyard)

Good people of Plympton and Plymouth join the Age of Chivalry as they take you back over 600 years in time to the Hundred Years War. See Knights and Ladies from the Court of Prince Edward. Hear talks about herbs, weapons, make-up, courtly dance and Knights at Tournament.
Free / No need to book / 01752 337416 or 01752 335277 / info@plymptoncivicsociety.org.uk

Saturday 14, 21, 28 May and 4 June, 1pm to 4pm
Sunday 15, 22, 29 May and 5 June, 1pm to 4pm
Saltram House, Plympton, Plymouth PL7 1UH
Take part in some archaeological-based activities under canvas in Saltram’s Garden. Inspired by the expeditions of Monty, the 5th Earl of Morley, and Saltram’s own garden archaeology, this is fun for all ages. Trails and hands on activities are delivered by the Saltram team.
Members free / Standard admission applies to non-members / Adults £10.70 / Children £5.30 / Family £26.70 / 01752 333500

Wednesday 18 May, 6pm to 8pm
Friday 20 May, 6pm to 8pm
Royal Citadel, The Hoe, Plymouth PL1 2PD
Join Lieutenant Colonel Jon Cresswell – Commanding Officer of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery – for a unique insight from a military perspective into the historic and contemporary operations of The Royal Citadel. Prior to the talk, there will be a rare opportunity to tour the interior rooms of this dramatic and significant 17th century fortress.
Free / Booking essential via eventbrite or 01752 312537 / Onsite parking available at the Citadel / Please do not bring large bags or rucksacks when you visit / Mobile phone and photography restrictions apply

Monday 23 May, 10.30am to 11.15am
Monday 23 May, 11.30am to 12.15pm
Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, Clare Place Plymouth PL4 0JW

Find out how the archive material held at the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office can help with your family history research. Members of Devon Family History Society will be on hand to help – bring along what you already know.
Free / Advance booking essential on 01822 853687 or secretary@devonfhs.org.uk

Friday 27 May, 12noon to 5pm
Crownhill  Fort Road, Plymouth PL6 5BX
Crownhill Fort is the best preserved of Plymouth’s Victorian Defenses and is now home to holiday accommodation, an education centre and a community of small businesses.
As part of Plymouth History Festival the grounds and museums will be open to the public between 12noon and 5pm. Tour guides will lead groups around the labyrinth of underground spaces at 1pm and 3pm with cannon firing at 2pm.
£5 for adults; £2.50 for children; £12 for a family group / For full details or to reserve places on the tours visit www.crownhillfort.co.uk or 01752 793754

Saturday 28 May, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 29 May, 10am to 4pm
Mount Edgcumbe House, Cremyll, Cornwall PL10 1HZ
The giant figure of the Green Man returns to Mount Edgcumbe sitting on his throne of leaves and bark. He will preside over the Kernow Levy of long bow archers, a heavy horse team, 18th century woodsmen, willow weavers, a falconer and a charcoal maker alongside traditional English fair activities, children’s activities, beer tents, hog roasts, traders and music. The Pirates of St Piran will be in attendance with their sea shanties, mock fighting and merry chaos. Music will be provided by Black Friday – Cornwall’s very own high energy Folk/Celtic rock band.
Free / £5 car park charge per vehicle / No need to book / 01752 822236

Saturday 28 May
City Centre
Come along to this popular annual event which officially welcomes the new Lord Mayor into their historic role. This year’s theme will be ‘Superheroes’ and there will be lots of fun on offer for all the family as well as a chance to visit the ‘History Centre‘ stand and find out more about its progress.
Free / No need to book

Saturday 28 May 2016, 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 31 May 2016, 10am to 5pm
Friday 3 June 2016, 10am to 5pm
Saturday 4 June 2016, 10am to 5pm
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ
Enjoy some fun self-directed spring and summer butterfly-themed activities inspired by the historic specimens in the City Museum and Art Gallery’s natural history collections. Just pick them up from the Colouring Station Table in the foyer and off you go!
Free / No need to book / 01752 304774

Monday 30 May, 10am to 5pm
Devonport Naval Heritage Centre, Vivid Approach (off Granby Way), 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. Explore more than eight galleries displayed in adjacent buildings in the historic South Yard. This year we commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Jutland (31 May to 1 June 1916) with a selection of special displays including ‘Forgotten Shipwrecks of the First World War’, a Heritage Lottery Funded project delivered by the Maritime Archaeology Trust.
Take a guided Harbour Tour on an RMAS Support Vessel (booking on-site throughout the day, first-come first served).
You can also take a guided tour of decommissioned nuclear submarine HMS Courageous to gain a fascinating glimpse into the world of the ‘Silent Service’. Tours are available throughout the day. Booking is available on-site on a first-come first served basis. You must wear sensible clothing/footwear and be physically capable of climbing vertical ladders. The minimum height required is 4ft/1.2m. ID is required for over 16s. Under-16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Refreshments and limited free parking are available on-site. Programmes will be available on the gate.
Free / Donations welcome / No need to book / 01752 554200

Monday 30 May, 11am to 2pm
Pavilion Café, Devonport Park, Plymouth PL1 4BU

Join the Devon Family History Society for a fun trail around Devonport Park. The trail (suitable for ages 5-14 years) takes about an hour so bring your parents or carers and see how many clues you can solve! There will be badges and certificates for all who take part.
Free / No need to book in advance / 01822 853687

Wednesday 1 June, 10.30am to 1pm (last entries at 12.30pm)
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ
Make Elizabethan-style paper ruffs and cuffs inspired by the days of Drake and Shakespeare. Then, find as many portraits of figures wearing ruffs and cuffs as you can with our special trail.
Free / No need to book / 01752 304774

Thursday 2 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ
Work with guest artist Rachel Griffin to make a museum in a box! Create scenes using a range of arts and crafts materials. You can also bring in small items from home to use in your boxes too.
£2.50 per child / Booking advised via the Museum Welcome Desk or 01752 304774

Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June
City Centre
The South West’s largest food and drink festival returns to Plymouth’s Piazza. As well as a large chef stage and over 100 traders showcasing the best produce the South West has to offer, come to the Arts and Heritage stand to find out more about the History Centre and see food and drink images from the archives.
Free / No need to books



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