The Box is a major new cultural and heritage attraction, opening in Plymouth’s city centre in September 2020 as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The Museum and Art Gallery, former Central Library and St Luke’s Church buildings have been transformed into a venue and visitor experience fit for the 21st century with a series of large-scale galleries that highlight the city’s fine art, decorative art, natural history, human history, film, photographic and archive collections.
Additional galleries are dedicated to a changing programme of exciting temporary exhibitions that mark key anniversaries and showcase the work of high-profile artists. There are also two cafés, plus retail, education and research spaces, an ambitious events programme, plus a new outdoor square.
At the heart of The Box’s ethos is the conservation, heritage and preservation of Plymouth’s rich history and heritage. It brings together six outstanding national collections in a new and sustainable home, including objects from Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, archives from the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, and film and photographs from the South West Film and Television Archive and the South West Image Bank. This rich blend of collections will enable the stories of international and local significance to be told through immersive experiences and amazing objects.
Led by Plymouth City Council, The Box is a partnership with the University of Plymouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Major funders include Plymouth City Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.