It’s a busy May as The Box celebrates the Plymouth History Festival

Great exhibitions

There’s a great range of exhibitions on display throughout May. From international craft (‘Another Crossing – Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage’) to nationally touring sculpture (‘Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945’), and contemporary art (‘Maurizio Anzeri: On The Move’ and ‘Zadie Xa: Long ago when tigers smoked’) to costume and textiles (‘Dress Code – Fashion Stories from The Box’). Opening hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays. Entry is free with no need to book.


Falklands 40

2022 marks 40 years since the Falklands War (2 April-14 June 1982). Plymouth played a significant role in the conflict and The Box is marking the anniversary with a powerful new film which can be viewed in its Media Lab gallery featuring archive material, interviews and footage shot on location in the Falklands. 

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Talks and Tours

There are many other events taking place during the History Festival. Take a Behind-The-Scenes Tour on 8, 15 or 22 May. Enjoy talks linked to the ‘Where Am I?’ exhibition on 11, 14, 18 and 25 May. Find out how to read old handwriting on 21 May. Uncover local history resources to support your research on 24 May. Full details about times, prices and bookings are in the ‘What’s On’ section of The Box’s website.


Identity Parade

The month ends with ‘a fashion show with a twist’ at 7.30pm on 27 May. ‘Identity Parade’ is produced in partnership with the Barbican Theatre and will feature some of the city’s most exciting designers and brands. It should be a night to remember! Tickets start at £5 and can be booked online.


The Box,

Tavistock Place | Plymouth | PL4 8AX



t:  01752 304774

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A ‘Bitesize’ look

A series of informal ‘Bitesize’ talks will offer insights into many of the current exhibitions at 1pm each Wednesday. Discover ‘The magical world of Zadie Xa’ on 4 May, explore the ‘Figured and Formed’ sections of ‘Breaking the Mould’ in St Luke’s on 11 May, and learn what craft can teach us about sustainability in ‘Another Crossing’ on 18 May. All talks are free and can be booked online. 

Local History Bonanza Day

The 2022 Plymouth History Festival kicks off at The Box on 7 May with this special event from 10am to 4pm. Meet some of Plymouth’s local history groups and learn more about their work. Enjoy quizzes, trails and children’s activities. Find out how to research your family tree. Listen to talks exploring the city’s heritage. Entry is free with no need to book.

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