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Portrait of Catherine Savery | The Box Plymouth
News - Jun 2022

Portrait of Catherine Savery

There’s a huge amount of detail in this unusual portrait which is part of our historically important Cottonian Collection. You can currently see it on display in our 'Dress Code - Fashion Stories from The Box' exhibition (until 4 September).

The Box selected for V&A’s ‘DesignLab Nation’ | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - May 2022

The Box selected for V&A’s ‘DesignLab Nation’

The Box has been chosen to take part in a national education programme, led by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

High Street Sparks launches second round of funding | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - May 2022

High Street Sparks launches second round of funding

Plymouth’s High Street Heritage Action Zone has announced today that its second round of ‘High Street Heritage Sparks’ funding is now open.

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.

Platinum Jubilee Photography Competition | The Box Plymouth
History - May 2022

Platinum Jubilee Photography Competition

We’re running a photography competition to capture the 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations. You can get involved (and maybe win a great prize too!) by submitting an image that captures your experience.

Tiger puppet from Myanmar | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - May 2022

Tiger puppet from Myanmar

This object dates from the 1800s and is one of two items from The Box's world cultures collection that has inspired Zadie Xa's 'Long ago when tigers smoked' exhibition (until 5 June).

Maps by Maurizio Anzeri | The Box Plymouth
Art - May 2022

Maps by Maurizio Anzeri

Works by Italian artist, Maurizio Anzeri can currently be seen in a range of locations throughout The Box. They give a brilliant insight into the variety of media Anzeri works with; from sculpture and drawing to embroidery and traditional craft techniques. These five maps of the world can be viewed in the Active Archives gallery and also encompass a range of materials and techniques. Read on to find out more.

The Box receives National Archives funding to mark the Platinum Jubilee | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - May 2022

The Box receives National Archives funding to mark the Platinum Jubilee

The Box has secured a £5,000 grant to run a series of activities celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The funding has been awarded through The National Archives’ ‘Archives Testbed: Jubilee Grant’ and is one of nine grants to be announced this week.

Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Plymouth and The Box | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - May 2022

Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Plymouth and The Box

The route for the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay has been confirmed to visit Plymouth during its final journey through England this summer. Its journey is bringing together and celebrating communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, it will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.

Makeover for Plymouth’s Mayflower Museum | The Box Plymouth
Press Release - May 2022

Makeover for Plymouth’s Mayflower Museum

The Mayflower Museum, located in the same building as Plymouth’s Tourist Information Centre, on the Barbican, is getting a refresh ahead of the busy summer season, thanks to The Box.