Collection Articles

The Box | Discovering gems in the collections
News - Jan 2021

Discovering gems in the collections

After spending years transferring our film and photographic collections to The Box, we always knew there’d be some hidden gems waiting to be discovered! We recently discovered of a set of original glass plates showing Argyle legend Jack Leslie playing football in the 1920s – and now we’ve uncovered another photographic gem.

The Box | There's a human story behind every object
History - Jan 2021

There's a human story behind every object

The police have been an important part of our frontline workforce over the last year – not just here in the UK, but in other parts of the world too. This police truncheon and whistle were donated to our collections in early 2020 by a Mr Brookshaw. We believe they once belonged to a man called Sidney Hannam, who passed away 80 years ago, on 13 January 1941.

Displaying insects & biodiversity | Blog | The Box Plymouth
Natural History - Oct 2020

Displaying insects & biodiversity

We have over 100,000 insects in our collections at The Box, and we wanted to reflect this in the new natural history gallery, Mammoth.

Capturing and recording these unprecedented times
News - May 2020

Capturing and recording these unprecedented times

We’re living through a historic time. A time which, just like the First and Second World Wars, we and the generations who follow us will remember, debate, study and commemorate.

Art Rainbow
Art - Apr 2020

Culture in Quarantine, 30 April 2020: A Rainbow of Art

Have you been seeing rainbows? In windows all around Plymouth, as well as the UK, USA, Canada and Europe, children and adults have been crafting rainbows. They're connecting neighbours and communities whilst social distancing measures are in place, and helping to show support for our amazing frontline workers.

Cabinets of curiosities
News - Apr 2020

Behind The Scenes, 24 April 2020: Cabinets of Curiosities

Since 2016, the Collections Assistants at The Box have been diligently working on a project to explore and document three old wooden cabinets filled with art prints.

A mammoth moment for The Box
Press Release - Feb 2020

Mammoth Moment

It was another ‘huge’ moment for The Box today as our fully assembled woolly mammoth was revealed for the first time.

The Box secures significant funding to keep rare work of art in the UK
Press Release - Feb 2020

The Box secures significant funding to keep rare work of art in the UK

The Box has raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds from five key funders to save a rare piece of 19th century studio pottery for the nation.