by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

I was unable to post last week due to the dreaded winter lurgy but while I was away sneezing some of my colleagues held two really well-attended consultation sessions. They were really pleased with the turnout and the feedback they received so many thanks to everyone who came along.

The aim of the sessions was to share our current plans and ideas with members of the public and we thought it would be good to share them on the blog too.

We’re continuing to develop ideas for the galleries with our exhibition designers and this is a process that will carry on until the end of the year. As a result, what you see here is subject to change and may evolve further. Hopefully though, the descriptions and images that follow will provide a good insight into our vision and the level of detail we’re considering in relation to the design of some of our spaces.

Cover of the The Box interactive pdfAs well as the information below there are a number of schematic diagrams available for the spaces. We’ve created an interactive pdf of these which you can scroll through. Just click on the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of each page to navigate your way through the document and zoom in and out to see all the detail.

The Box Interactive Galleries PDF

Mammoth Plymouth
A a step away from a traditional natural history gallery. Our aim is to develop an immersive, larger than life experience filled with minerals, fossils, insects, taxidermy, pickled marine specimens and of course a mammoth! This is a gallery where visitors will be able to investigate the natural world of Plymouth and the South West from the Ice Age to the present day.

Visual of the Mammoth Gallery for the Plymouth History Centre - June 2017

100 Journeys
We want to create a beautiful ethereal feel in this space with lighting and a series of large glass cabinets. This gallery will explore how Plymouth has been the starting point for an extraordinary range of journeys and emphasise its role in global history. The initial suite of journeys we plan to explore include Drake, Cook, Reynolds, Gertrude Benham, Scott of the Antarctic, Raleigh, Chichester and Darwin.

Photo Album and Memory Box
These spaces will host changing thematic displays that highlight our rich photographic collections. ‘Memory Box’ will combine social history objects with peoples’ memories. ‘Photo Album’ will explore the lives and communities of people in the city and beyond.

Visual for the Our Art gallery at The Box, Plymouth - 2017Our Art
A cool calm space in a flexible gallery that showcases the breadth and depth of our art collections and lets the works speak for themselves. Significant works of art will hang along each wall, flexible showcases and plinths in the middle will enable us to create a rolling programme of changing displays, and a huge case at the end will highlight our extensive decorative art collection.

Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy
One of the first major exhibitions at The Box, ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ will share the stories of sailors, passengers, presidents and the Wampanoag people. It will be a chance to explore the myths, discover new meanings and learn more about an epic journey of survival and 400 years of the Americas.

Visual of the Mayflower exhibition in the Plymouth History Centre - June 2017

Media Lab
An immersive space that celebrates of our region’s film, photographic and digital heritage, showcasing the work of home grown pioneers and the impact of technological developments. It will also explore the current digital innovations that are providing new and diverse approaches to creating and designing media content.

Visual of the Media Lab gallery in the Plymouth History Centre - June 2017

Active Archive
A space where visitors can sit, relax, read, browse and get up close to some of the city’s most amazing documents including the bomb book, the Pirate letter and the world’s oldest pasty recipe. See how the city of Plymouth has grown and changed over time and discover how items in the archive can provide an insight into the history of your family, your home and your surroundings.

Visual for the Cottonian Reading Room at The Box, Plymouth - 2017Cottonian Research Room
An invigilated reading room where visitors can access and request to see documents or artefacts from the collections for research purposes, surrounded by works of art and objects from our Designated Cottonian Collection.

We’ll share information about the other spaces we’re working on in a future post. In the meantime, enjoy looking through the PDF file and many thanks to everyone who has supported us so far on this exciting journey.