The Swinging Sixties

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter The British Film Institute’s (BFI) online Player features film footage from archives across the UK, including the South West Film and Television Archive – the largest regional archive of its kind in the country. Here are aContinue reading “The Swinging Sixties”

Samuel Phelps

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Samuel Phelps was born on February 13, 1804 in Plymouth Dock (now Devonport) and initially worked in newspaper offices. Shortly after marrying in 1826 he accepted a theatrical post and spent a few years ‘cutting his teeth’Continue reading “Samuel Phelps”

The Palace Theatre

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX Facebook Twitter The Palace Theatre or Theatre of Varieties in Union Street, was designed by William Arber of Wimperis and Arber of Sackville Street, London. It was owned jointly by the United Counties Theatres Limited and The Livermore Brothers, Horace and Lechmere.Continue reading “The Palace Theatre”

That’s Entertainment!

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Plymouth has great entertainment credentials and we’ll be exploring this theme throughout the course of today. Under normal circumstances, we’re lucky to have the Theatre Royal, Plymouth Pavilions, a variety of cinema and other arts and theatreContinue reading “That’s Entertainment!”

The Promenade Pier

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Plymouth once had a beautiful promenade pier. This image from the early 1900s shows it viewed from West Hoe as a paddle steamer approaches. This postcard entitled ‘Plymouth Swimming Match’ shows an image viewed from the pier.Continue reading “The Promenade Pier”

The Relocation of Smeaton’s Tower

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Did you know the city archives hold a detailed minute book recording the project to move Smeaton’s Tower from the Eddystone Rock to the Hoe in the late 1800s,  Like all new schemes, there was some opposition.Continue reading “The Relocation of Smeaton’s Tower”

Smeaton’s Tower

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Most people would probably think of Smeaton’s Tower as a tourist attraction first and foremost. If you’ve lived in Plymouth for a long time you may even take it for granted, but it’s an amazing example ofContinue reading “Smeaton’s Tower”

The Eddystone in art

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Four lighthouses have stood on the Eddystone Reef. You can find great descriptions of each of them on the Trinity House website. Here are some more insights inspired by two historic paintings. Eddystone Lighthouse Painting This oilContinue reading “The Eddystone in art”