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The Box receives National Archives funding to mark the Platinum Jubilee | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - May 2022

The Box receives National Archives funding to mark the Platinum Jubilee

The Box has secured a £5,000 grant to run a series of activities celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The funding has been awarded through The National Archives’ ‘Archives Testbed: Jubilee Grant’ and is one of nine grants to be announced this week.

The archive service at The Box | The Box Plymouth
News - Jan 2022

The archive service at The Box

The Box is an archive as well as a museum and art gallery and now operates the service previously offered by the former Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. If you're thinking of carrying out some research using archive records (including those on microform and from our image and film collections), we hope this summary of the services we offer proves useful.

A Royal Romance: William IV and Sally Winne of Plymouth | The Box Plymouth
News - Jan 2022

A Royal Romance: William IV and Sally Winne of Plymouth

Did you know that Plymouth has had its very own Regency era royal romance, worthy of Jane Austen, or the Netflix smash hit, ‘Bridgerton’?

Visit our family and local history research station | The Box Plymouth
News - Nov 2021

Visit our family and local history research station

Did you know we have a new research table located on our first floor, just outside the Cottonian Research Room? If you, or anyone you know, would like some help with family or local history research it's a great place to start.

Last chance to see 'Screens in Salons' | The Box Plymouth
News - Oct 2021

Last chance to see 'Screens in Salons'

It’s your last chance to catch a curated selection of films from The Box’s archive collections in salons across the city.

The Box | Would you like to help research Plymouth and west Devon in the 1920s?
History - Oct 2021

Would you like to help research Plymouth and west Devon in the 1920s?

'Devon in the 1920s' is a research project hosted by Devon History Society in partnership with The Box, the South West Heritage Trust and the Devon Family History Society. Individual researchers and local heritage groups are currently beavering away, researching local people and places from the 1920s.

The Box | Archive Insight: The 1948 Summer Olympics
News - Aug 2021

Archive Insight: The 1948 Summer Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are well under way and it’s been fantastic to see Team GB celebrating medal success. The coverage has been bringing back memories of the 2012 Summer Olympics when London became the first city to host the modern games three times.

The Box | HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
News - Apr 2021

HRH Prince Philip

In memory of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich (10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021).

The Box | Blitz 80: Images from the archives
History - Apr 2021

Blitz 80: Images from the archives

Royal visits, the role of women, that famous Resurgam sign and the re-building of the city.....here are some more insights about Plymouth and World War II to mark Blitz 80 using some key images from our archives.

The Box | Blitz 80: Insights from the archives
History - Apr 2021

Blitz 80: Insights from the archives

We'll be continuing to mark the 80th anniversary of the Blitz throughout April. Here, thanks to documents held within the city's archives, we highlight two lesser-known stories about Plymouth during the Second World War.

The Box | Blitz 80: The Bomb Book
History - Apr 2021

Blitz 80: The Bomb Book

We continue our commemorations for the 80th anniversary of the Plymouth Blitz with a document, well-known to many as the ‘bomb book’. It was compiled during World War II by the Town Clerk’s Department, which was based at Pounds House. It and can be seen on display in our 'Active Archives' gallery when we re-open from 18 May.

The Box | Blitz 80: The bombing of the Westminster Hotel
History - Mar 2021

Blitz 80: The bombing of the Westminster Hotel

Like many other British cities, Plymouth was a target for aerial bombardment by the German airforce during the Second World War with the most intense air raids taking place between 20 March and 30 April 1941. At least 1,140 high explosive bombs, 17 paramines and thousands of incendiaries were dropped. Behind these stark statistics lie the poignant stories of people.