Letters Reporting the Mutiny of the Plymouth Squadron, 1797

Lee-Jane Giles Twitter Lee-Jane Giles is a PhD candidate at University of Plymouth. Her research focuses on the admiralty general court martial records in the 18th century, specifically 1755-1779, and considers how the charges related within them can shed light on how members of the marine corps constructed masculine values and validations. Lee-Jane is alsoContinue reading “Letters Reporting the Mutiny of the Plymouth Squadron, 1797”

Dame Agnes Weston and Dame Sophia Wintz

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Born in London in 1840, Aggie Weston spent more than two decades living and working among the sailors of the Royal Navy. She co-founded two Royal Sailors’ Rests in Plymouth and one in Portsmouth with fellow philanthropistContinue reading “Dame Agnes Weston and Dame Sophia Wintz”

Restoring the ‘souls of ships’

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter 14 figureheads weighing a combined total of 20 tonnes will be on display in the main entrance of The Box when it opens to the public. Carved in the 1800s, and on loan from the National MuseumContinue reading “Restoring the ‘souls of ships’”

The Royal Navy and the Dockyard

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Plymouth has been linked with the history of the Royal Navy for centuries and has the largest naval base in Western Europe. The huge site in Devonport, which dates from the 1690s, covers four miles of waterfrontContinue reading “The Royal Navy and the Dockyard”

Napoleon on the Bellerophon

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter This popular painting dramatises an extraordinary moment in Plymouth’s history between July and August 1815, when one of the world’s infamous leaders was held captive in Plymouth Sound.  Self-styled Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte had surrendered in June toContinue reading “Napoleon on the Bellerophon”

On the other side of the world

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter For our final artists post we’re looking at two locally-born men who both continued their artistic practice (as well as trying their hand at other types of work) on the other side of the world. Henry HainsselinContinue reading “On the other side of the world”

Plymouth’s Two Presidents

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Plymouth (or Plympton St Maurice to be exact), has an important part to play in the history of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Arts (RA). In fact, we’re the only place outside London to have produced twoContinue reading “Plymouth’s Two Presidents”

Public art inspired by history

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Plymouth has a range of permanent public artworks, many of which are linked with or inspired by the city’s history. Here’s our ‘Top Five’! Hope Frances May Favata’s large stone sculpture is located at the rear ofContinue reading “Public art inspired by history”

Keith Harrison

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter What do a painting, a military band, a musical performance, an exhibition, an event on water and a giant wave breaker have in common? They were all part of a project called ‘Heavy Rock’ by Plymouth-based artistContinue reading “Keith Harrison”

Plymouth and Art

Today and tomorrow we’ll be looking at artists who were born or have worked in Plymouth. Today, we’ll be looking at Beryl Cook, Robert Lenkiewicz, Jack Pickup and Keith Harrison – artists from the city’s more recent past. You can hear Lenkiewicz and Cook in this clip from the city’s media archive. Tomorrow, we’ll beContinue reading “Plymouth and Art”