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Conserving an iconic painting
Art - May 2020

Behind The Scenes, 6 May 2020: A light in the dark - conserving an iconic painting

A few weeks ago we set down our tools, halted our installation and put collections back into storage as we prepared for lockdown. Although these are uneasy times, it’s also a chance for us to reflect on how far we’ve already come and look ahead. One of our works perfectly captures that search for light in the darkness. It’s William Daniell’s ‘Eddystone Lighthouse, During a Storm’, and it’s one of many works of art to undergo special conservation in preparation for our opening.

Covid-19 response
Press Release - May 2020

Our response to COVID-19

It’s been nearly seven weeks since we announced our decision to postpone our launch. Since then we know everyone has been faced with difficult and uncertain times. Although we’re not in a position to confirm a new opening date just yet, we have been working hard behind the scenes over the last few weeks.

Lots of great content planned for this year’s Plymouth History Festival
Press Release - May 2020

Lots of great content planned for this year’s Plymouth History Festival

Plymouth’s popular annual History Festival is going online this year, and will run from Friday 8 to Sunday 31 May with new content published daily on its website and social media channels to highlight the city’s brilliant heritage sector and history.

Covid-19 Commissions: Plymouth After Dark
Press Release - Apr 2020

Covid-19 Commissions: Plymouth After Dark - A week in the life of a locked down musician

We've announced four music commissions of £500 each as part of our response to the ongoing health crisis. ‘A week in the life of a locked down musician’ will form part of our major Plymouth After Dark project, as well as support some of the local musicians whose livelihoods have disappeared since government restrictions began in March.

Art Rainbow
Art - Apr 2020

Culture in Quarantine, 30 April 2020: A Rainbow of Art

Have you been seeing rainbows? In windows all around Plymouth, as well as the UK, USA, Canada and Europe, children and adults have been crafting rainbows. They're connecting neighbours and communities whilst social distancing measures are in place, and helping to show support for our amazing frontline workers.

Online Family Fun
News - Apr 2020

Culture in Quarantine, 27 April 2020: Online Family Fun

Since lockdowns began around the world many cultural venues have moved their content online. Some have also developed new digital initiatives. Many of these are aimed at children and families and there are some great resources and activities on offer. Here’s a roundup of the some of the best ones.

Cabinets of curiosities
News - Apr 2020

Behind The Scenes, 24 April 2020: Cabinets of Curiosities

Since 2016, the Collections Assistants at The Box have been diligently working on a project to explore and document three old wooden cabinets filled with art prints.

Garden Explorers
Natural History - Apr 2020

Earth Day 2020: Garden Explorers

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - an international celebration of life on earth that aims to highlight the importance of protecting our environment. It’s marked in over 190 countries across the world.

My Plymouth History
Press Release - Apr 2020

My Plymouth History

Can you help shed light on the city’s past using information and images you have at home?

The month when everything changed
News - Apr 2020

Behind The Scenes, 8 April 2020: The month when everything changed

It’s fair to say that last month was a month unlike any other. With just over 60 days to go until we were due to open, none of us could have predicted the current turn of events.

Staying Connected
News - Apr 2020

Culture in Quarantine, 3 April 2020: Staying Connected

It's nearly a fortnight since many of The Box staff started working from home and we stopped seeing those familiar tiles pictured above each day. Even though we’re having to do it remotely, staying connected has never been more important.

PHF 2020 Update
News - Mar 2020

Plymouth History Festival 2020 Update

In recent weeks we’ve been monitoring the fast changing health situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). Based on the most up-to-date advice from the government, we’ve decided not to go ahead with our original plans for this year’s festival.