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‘The Box on The Box’: digital reminiscence service for city’s care homes now live

Authored by Mary

The Box has launched a free live streaming service for care homes in and around Plymouth.

‘The Box on The Box’ takes place from 2pm to 3pm each Wednesday and features a weekly reminiscence session with live commentary from a curator or learning officer alongside film footage from the archives.

The Box piloted the scheme during May and has had a fantastic response from the...

The Box selects 20 projects from across the South West for contemporary art commissioning programme

Authored by Mary

28 artists from Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall have been selected by The Box for its ‘State of Emergency’ contemporary art micro-commissions.

Applicants were asked to consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on our notion of freedom and invited to submit proposals for new work in response to this.

Proposals could be based around any medium or discipline and The Box...

The Box selects local musicians for ‘Plymouth After Dark’ commissions

Authored by Sarah Parker

The Box is excited to announce that Andy Quick, Grace Lightman, Kate Ferguson and WestFordNeedles have been selected for its ‘A week in the life of a locked down musician’ commissions.

The aim of the commissions, which will form part of the ‘Plymouth After Dark’ community outreach project, is to create new works for The Box’s digital audiences to enjoy, and support some of the city's...

The Box to mark original opening weekend with special digital programme

Authored by Mary

The Box will spend this weekend sharing a series of insights across its digital platforms to mark its original opening date.

The city’s major new museum, gallery and archive was set to open to the public on Saturday 16 May, but was forced to sadly postpone its launch due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The venue was only two months away from opening when the lockdown came into...

The Box announces programme of micro-commissions for local artists

Authored by Mary

The Box is inviting artists based in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall to apply for 20 paid micro-commissions as part of a new initiative in response to Covid-19.

‘State of Emergency’ will award £500 to each successful artist to cover their fees and production costs.

Applicants are asked to consider the impact the ongoing health situation has had on our notion of freedom and to...

The Box launches new music commissions in response to Covid-19

Authored by Mary

The Box has announced four music commissions of £500 each as part of its response to the ongoing health crisis.

‘A week in the life of a locked down musician’ will form part of its major Plymouth After Dark project, as well as support some of the local musicians whose livelihoods have disappeared since government restrictions began in March.

For the commissions, Plymouth-...

Official opening of The Box postponed

Authored by News Desk

The opening of The Box in Plymouth has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

An official statement from The Box says: "In recent weeks we’ve been monitoring the fast changing health situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking regular advice from Public Health England.

"Based on the most up-to-date advice from the government, and bearing in mind that...

14 monumental ships figureheads to be unveiled by The Box museum

Authored by News Desk

In what is the most ambitious sculpture conservation project currently taking place in the UK, 14 monumental 19th century naval figureheads weighing over 20 tonnes have been saved from decay for the nation.

On Tuesday 10th March these icons of Britain’s maritime history will be unveiled at The Box museum in Plymouth ahead of the museum opening to the public on Saturday 16th May. The...

A mammoth moment for The Box

Authored by Mary

It was another ‘huge’ moment for The Box today as its fully assembled woolly mammoth was revealed for the first time.

The life-sized, as yet un-named female was inspired by a mammoth tooth in The Box’s collections, discovered at Yealm Bridge Cavern on the nearby Kitley Estate. Fossils show that woolly mammoths were roaming Plymouth 35,000 years ago, alongside bears, cave lions,...

New schools programme at The Box is ready for lift off

Authored by Mary

Teachers and students can start planning their visits to The Box – thanks to a new schools programme which has launched today.

The schools programme caters for Early Years, Key Stages 1-5, Special Educational Needs, Further and Higher Education through a series of bookable workshops. The sessions, which will take place across The Box’s galleries, have been co-designed with schools to...


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