Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Mayflower Weekend Highlights

After three weeks of historical exploration, we finished off this year’s festival with an extravaganza of Mayflower content. In collaboration with the team at #Mayflower400, as part of the international commemoration that is taking place, we examined the ship’s journey itself as well as the social and cultural impacts that it and the journeys thatContinue reading “Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Mayflower Weekend Highlights”

Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week Three Summary

The third and final week of the Festival began with VisitEngland‘s virtual English Tourism Week, giving us a great chance to show off Plymouth’s historical holiday destinations. We then moved on to war and conflict – geographically, economically and socially shaping Plymouth throughout its history. From photos taken during the blitz to a personal accountContinue reading “Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week Three Summary”

Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week Two Summary

In the second week of the Festival we examined the many methods people have used to travel from Plymouth to neighbouring Cornwall, and then kept a water-based focus to look at the city’s lighthouses. From Smeaton’s tower what better area to examine than Plymouth Hoe and all its wonderful assets, including a sneaky virtual tourContinue reading “Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week Two Summary”

Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week One Summary

Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in this year’s unique Plymouth History Festival. The team were delighted to receive your comments, queries and contributions throughout the month of May, and we’ll be leaving this site up as a go-to resource for local history for months to come. If you have any feedbackContinue reading “Plymouth History Festival 2020 – Week One Summary”

Week Three Highlights

We can’t believe this year’s extraordinary History Festival is nearly over! Thank you so much for joining in, whether by reading articles, watching videos, scrolling through online exhibitions or commenting and sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter. This week we started off with a weekend of nautical content and went on to cover suchContinue reading “Week Three Highlights”

Week Two Roundup

How time flies! It’s been another great week at Plymouth History Festival, and thank you so much for engaging with our blog posts, Facebook and Twitter content. This week we brought you topics like the River Tamar, entertainment and art, and we’ve looked at the construction and purpose of Plymouth’s lighthouses and moments of historyContinue reading “Week Two Roundup”

One week down – two to go!

Thank you so much for joining us during this first week of Plymouth History Festival. We’ve loved receiving your comments and questions, and seeing so much participation in quizzes and other activities (you have seen the quiz, haven’t you? There’ll be two next week!) It’s been inspiring to engage with organisations across the city andContinue reading “One week down – two to go!”

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”