News Articles

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.

The Box | Curriculum Challenges for homeschoolers
News - Jan 2021

Curriculum Challenges for homeschoolers

We're full of admiration for everyone who is currently home schooling their children. If you're looking for some different or extra ways to inspire them, we hope these challenges help. Take your pick and try one, a few or all of them!

The Box selects local creatives for LGBT+ micro-commissions
Press Release - Jan 2021

The Box selects local creatives for LGBT+ micro-commissions

The Box is thrilled to announce that Eric Rickard, Elani Evangelou, Laurie Reynolds and Arth Lawr have been chosen for its ‘My Story’ LGBT+ digital commissions.

The Box | Christmas opening hours
News - Dec 2020

Christmas opening hours

Like a lot of other organisations, we're taking a short break in between Christmas and New Year - but we'll be open again from early next week and will also be open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!

The Box | Cultural Recovery Fund
Press Release - Dec 2020

The Box receives Capital Kickstart grant from Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

The Box has been awarded a £932,600 Capital Kickstart grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, helping to support a number of capital costs that were caused by the Covid-19 crisis earlier this year.

The Box | LGBT+ Micro-Commissions
Press Release - Dec 2020

New micro-commissions will celebrate the city’s LGBT+ community

We’re pleased to announce four micro-commissions aimed at those who identify as part of Plymouth’s LGBT+ community.

Join us for our first Christmas
News - Dec 2020

Join us for our first Christmas

Jingle all the way to The Box this December! We’ve pulled a great programme of activities together for a socially distanced but magical first Christmas.

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.