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The Box | Christmas in a Box Crowdfunder
Press Release - Nov 2020

Crowdfunder to bring ‘Christmas in a Box’ to thousands of local people

The Box has joined forces with Fosters Event Catering, the company that runs its Kitchen & Bar, for a special crowdfunding campaign aimed at helping local families during the festive season. At a time when food poverty is high on the news agenda, ‘Christmas in a Box’ aims to raise enough money to provide 10,000 people with the ingredients to make a Christmas dinner.

The Box | Attrill Bursary relaunched
Press Release - Nov 2020

Research bursary dedicated to former city Art Curator is relaunched

A research bursary established in the memory a long-serving member of the City Council’s staff has been relaunched, and applications are now open.

The first high definition TV service
News - Nov 2020

The first high definition TV service

On 2 November 1936, the BBC began the world’s first ‘high definition’ television broadcast service. Back then, high definition was classed as a minimum of 240 horizontal lines rather than the 1080 horizontal lines of today’s digital high definition television. It was however, very much high definition when compared to earlier systems, like the one pictured above, which were only 30 lines.

Statement on November lockdown
Press Release - Nov 2020

Statement on November lockdown

Following the government’s announcement on Saturday evening, we wanted to confirm that we will sadly be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 4 November until 10am on Wednesday 2 December.

Black History Month 2020
News - Oct 2020

Black History Month 2020

Over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing information about our collections, archives and public programme on our social media platforms to mark Black History Month. In case you missed any of our posts, here’s a roundup of some of the key things we’ve published.

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.

The Box opens to great acclaim
Press Release - Oct 2020

'An incredible asset to our outstanding city' - The Box opens to great acclaim

More than 10,000 people have visited The Box since it opened two weeks ago. The city’s new museum, gallery and archive has been fully booked each day, with visitors sharing their overwhelmingly positive feedback on social media.

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.

'A New Normal' winners revealed
Press Release - Oct 2020

'A New Normal' winners revealed

The winners of our ‘A New Normal’ photography competition have been chosen and presented with their prizes.

Culture Recovery Fund boost for The Box
Press Release - Oct 2020

Culture Recovery Fund Award

The Box has received a welcome boost of £423,000 in the first round of Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Figureheads project wins national award
Press Release - Sep 2020

Ground breaking figureheads project wins national award

The Box’s ambitious project to conserve and restore 14 gigantic Royal Naval ship’s figureheads has triumphed in the Restoration/Conservation Project of the Year category at the Museums + Heritage Awards.