Brunel’s Plan: Building the Royal Albert Bridge

Bridging The Tamar Pemros Road | St Budeaux | Plymouth PL5 1LP | 01752 361577 Email Facebook Twitter Instagram From the viewing area of the Tamar Bridge Visitor Centre viewing area, we get a fine view of three bridges, a traditional suspension bridge in the Tamar Bridge, a lenticular truss (a form of suspension) inContinue reading “Brunel’s Plan: Building the Royal Albert Bridge”

Bridges: From the Archives

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter The city’s historic collections contain a really interesting postcard collection, acquired in 2017, plus other documents that record and shed light on some of Plymouth’s bridges. Here’s a roundup of a few of them. Laira Bridge ThisContinue reading “Bridges: From the Archives”

River Crossings: Bridges

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter These information panels were originally produced to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2018. Read through them to discover more about some of Plymouth’s most important bridges from theContinue reading “River Crossings: Bridges”

Ferries: From the Archives

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Ferries have provided vital links across Plymouth’s rivers for centuries. Some of them have been replaced by bridges, while others continue today. Here are a few insights from the city’s historic collections.  Saltash Ferry You can findContinue reading “Ferries: From the Archives”

Queer Naval Plymouth

Devonport Naval Heritage Centre Facebook On 9 January 2000, after a landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, homosexuality across the British Armed Forces was legalised – but people have been exploring sexuality and gender within the Royal Navy for centuries.  Historically, women have been expected to stay at home and raise aContinue reading “Queer Naval Plymouth”

Lockyer Street Tavern

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter The Lockyer Street Tavern has been mentioned a few times in today’s posts about Plymouth’s LGBT history. According to the Queer Beyond London website: From the 1950s to the 1970s it was an important social space forContinue reading “Lockyer Street Tavern”

Pride in our Past

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Over the course of today we’ll be sharing posts that highlight Plymouth’s LGBT history. Homosexuality isn’t a new phenomenon. Same sex relationships are as old as humanity and have impacted on the way people have lived theirContinue reading “Pride in our Past”

Antarctic Pickles

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Here’s a little quirky story to add to today’s Antarctic theme! In the summer of 2000, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery received a donation of over 4,000 spirit preserved animals. These historical collections came from Plymouth’sContinue reading “Antarctic Pickles”

Antarctica and the ‘Heroic Age’

The Box The Box | Tavistock Place | Plymouth | Devon PL4 8AX 01752 304774 Email Facebook Twitter Antarctica is a high, cold, windy and massive continent. It’s completely surrounded by the vast Southern Ocean, half of which freezes in the winter. It’s more than 50 times the size of Britain and 99% of itContinue reading “Antarctica and the ‘Heroic Age’”

Filthy Plymouth: An Environmental History of the Three Towns in the Nineteenth Century

Dr James Gregory, University of Plymouth, April 2020 Plymouth University | Drake Circus | Plymouth PL4 8AA Email James is associate professor in modern British History at the University of Plymouth, where he leads the MA programme. The following is the introduction to “Filthy Plymouth”, with a link to the full essay for download. IContinue reading “Filthy Plymouth: An Environmental History of the Three Towns in the Nineteenth Century”