History Articles

The Box | In my true element: Mark Weston (1905-1978)
History - Feb 2021

In my true element: Mark Weston (1905-1978)

Throughout February we’ve been marking LGBT History Month. The theme for 2021 has been ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’ and ‘Five Faces’ were selected to represent the LGBT+ community. One of these was Plymouth-born Mark Weston - an intersex* individual who was raised as a female named Mary Edith Louise Weston.

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.

The Box | A letter to home from World War I
History - Jan 2021

A letter to home from World War I

This week is ‘Universal Letter Writing Week’ – an annual event designed to encourage us to take up pen and paper and write to someone. In this digital age, methods of communication have certainly changed and we’re now more likely to message someone with our mobile phone or send them an email – making the act of writing or receiving a handwritten letter quite special.

Firsts, Thanks and Misgivings | The Box Plymouth
History - Nov 2020

Firsts, Thanks and Misgivings

The story of Thanksgiving is surprising. Like much of the Mayflower story, it blurs fact and fiction, hope and despair, time and tradition.

Jack Leslie: A discovery in the archives
History - Oct 2020

Jack Leslie: A discovery in the archives

Earlier this year when Jack Leslie’s story became more widely known, we weren’t sure if we had any items in our collections connected to this talented footballer - but timing is often a strange thing.

Historic diversity in the Royal Navy
History - Oct 2020

Historic diversity in the Royal Navy

Historically, Royal Navy crews were a diverse group, not only originating from many different regions in Britain but also abroad.

Bill Miller: Local Hero
History - Oct 2020

Bill Miller: Local Hero

Born in East Street, Stonehouse, on 15 July 1890, William Alexander Miller, known as Bill Miller, was the son of an immigrant father and an English mother. His father, the son of a freed slave, was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa. After finding work on a British ship, he eventually settled in Stonehouse.