Squanto’s Story

Katy Cawkwell The story of Tisquantum, generally known as Squanto, is one of the most fascinating elements of the Mayflower narrative. Taken as a slave by an earlier European expedition to America, Squanto managed to return to his homeland and played a pivotal role in helping the Mayflower’s passengers communicate with the Wampanoag Native AmericanContinue reading “Squanto’s Story”

Medieval Dartmoor

Dartmoor National Park Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube About 1,000 years ago, medieval England began to prosper. The climate improved, making the growing season longer, with bumper harvests, and the population expanded. Competition for land forced people to start farming on the fringes of the higher moor, like their Bronze Age ancestors. They laid out new fields, sometimes basedContinue reading “Medieval Dartmoor”

Bronze Age Dartmoor

Dartmoor National Park Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube We know that people were visiting Dartmoor to hunt over 10,000 years ago, but it wasn’t until about 4,500 years ago that people began to settle in large numbers to farm the land. These first farmers settled in upland Dartmoor because it would have been more open than the heavilyContinue reading “Bronze Age Dartmoor”

Crossing at Tangemünde

Rosemary Babichev Eight years ago I made a series of recordings of Plymothian Zofia Kulka speaking about her childhood in Poland and experiences in Germany as a forced labourer during the Second World War.  I made them into a short biography that was handed out at her funeral in 2015, but while writing up theContinue reading “Crossing at Tangemünde”

Tourism and Leisure

Welcome to the start of our third and final week! Today marks the start of Visit England’s #EnglishTourismWeek (a virtual version for 2020, of course). To tie in with this and the bank holiday, we’ll be spending today looking at some of the ways the tourist industry has brought people to Plymouth, as well asContinue reading “Tourism and Leisure”

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”

The Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Plymouth Theatre Royal | Royal Parade | Plymouth | Devon PL1 2TR Facebook Twitter Plymouth has a proud history when it comes to theatre and our current Theatre Royal is the largest and best attended regionally producing theatre in the UK. We have great memories of attending musicals, plays, pantomimes, ballets and moreContinue reading “The Theatre Royal”

Plymouth Hoe in Video

This spectacular colourised film, shared by the BFI, shows Plymouth Hoe in 1924. It is a digitally restored and re-edited extract from Claude Friese-Greene’s ‘The Open Road’. This silent video from British Pathé shows several shots of Plymouth city centre as well as the Barbican and Hoe from 1934. In one shot we see theContinue reading “Plymouth Hoe in Video”

Stay at Home: Smeaton’s Tower

Soundview Media’s Stay At Home project is giving us a chance to remember what it’s like to visit some of the city’s most famous landmarks while we’re not able to go and tour them ourselves! Why not admire the beautiful view from the top of Smeaton’s Tower from the comfort of your own home. YouContinue reading “Stay at Home: Smeaton’s Tower”