Collection Articles

The Box joins The Wild Escape | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - Jan 2023

The Box joins The Wild Escape - the largest ever collaboration between UK museums

The Box is joining The Wild Escape, a major new project uniting hundreds of museums, galleries and historic houses with schools and families to explore nature and creativity. Led by national charity Art Fund with support from Arts Council England, the project is the largest ever collaboration between UK museums.

'A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach' by Stanhope Forbes | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - Jan 2023

'A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach' by Stanhope Forbes

This painting by Dublin-born artist, Stanhopes Forbes (1857-1947) is quite possibly the most popular work of art from our collections. Even though it’s been on display many times since it was acquired in 1962, ‘A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach’ still blows people away.

New things to see in ‘100 Journeys’ | The Box Plymouth
News - Dec 2022

New things to see in ‘100 Journeys’

Did you know we make regular changes to the displays in some of our permanent galleries? In many cases, we do this to protect the more fragile works in our care like photographic materials and works on paper from too much exposure to light.

Culture Club 2023 | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - Oct 2022

Join our 'Culture Club'

Are you interested in art, culture and heritage? Would you like to meet others who share that interest? Do you have lived experience of racism?

The countdown is on to the opening of 'British Art Show 9' | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - Oct 2022

The countdown is on to the opening of 'British Art Show 9'

The Box and three of Plymouth’s other top arts venues are counting down the days until the start of British Art Show 9 (BAS9).

Making our 100 Journeys gallery more inclusive
History - Jul 2022

Making our 100 Journeys gallery more inclusive

The 100 Journeys gallery explores historic and ongoing voyages from Plymouth and showcases our world cultures, art, and archival collections in displays themed around specific journeys. We've been reviewing our displays to ensure that they are more inclusive and representative of more people. This work forms part of our commitment to anti-racism and decolonising our collections.

Gertrude Benham: A woman of many mountains | The Box Plymouth
News - May 2022

Gertrude Benham: A woman of many mountains

A tiger puppet from Myanmar can currently be see on display in the ‘Zadie Xa: Long ago when tigers smoked’ exhibition, and it's one of over 800 objects donated to Plymouth’s collections in 1934 by Gertrude Emily Benham (1867-1937). Benham was a remarkable traveller and record breaking mountaineer who journeyed around the world at the beginning of the 1900s. Here's her story.

Bags of style | The Box Plymouth
News - May 2022

Bags of style

The ‘Dress Code – Fashion Stories from The Box’ exhibition includes a number of items from our costume accessories collection, and features a section which looks at how jewellery, shoes, bags and more have been used throughout the centuries to enhance an outfit as well as communicate someone’s identity and status. These three bags can be seen on display in the exhibition and each have a story to tell.

Labelled by Dail Behennah | The Box Plymouth
Art - May 2022

Labelled by Dail Behennah

In response to the ‘Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945’ exhibition, we’re highlighting some of the female artists and sculptors in The Box’s collections. ‘Labelled’ by Dail Behennah was a beautiful installation inspired by our natural history collections that was displayed on the former Museum and Art Gallery’s half landing from February 2009 until March 2010.

Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection by Clare Twomey
Art - Apr 2022

Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection by Clare Twomey

Inspired by the 'Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945' exhibition, we're shining a light on some of the female sculptors and artists in The Box's collections. ‘Plymouth Porcelain: A New Collection’ was originally unveiled on the former Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s balcony in 2012 and was created by leading ceramic artist, Clare Twomey.

The Box’s 2022 Maureen Attrill Bursary awarded to volunteer | The Box Plymouth
Art - Feb 2022

The Box’s 2022 Maureen Attrill Bursary awarded to volunteer

A volunteer has secured a special research bursary awarded by The Box each year in memory of a former long-serving curator.

Megafauna archaeological finds discovered in Devon | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - Feb 2022

Megafauna archaeological finds discovered in Devon

A mammoth, rhino and wolf are among the amazing artefacts uncovered at Sherford.