by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

It’s been another hectic month for everyone working on The Box project and we’ve had some important visitors to the site in recent weeks.

Michael Ellis MP visit, 27 July 2018

One of those visitors was UK Tourism Minister, Michael Ellis. He was on a three-day visit to the South West where he also went to Tate St Ives, the Eden Project, Jubilee Pool in Penzance and Newquay Airport. While he was in Plymouth he also visited the waterfront to find out about the latest plans for the city’s Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020. Here’s what he had to say about The Box:

Twitter quote from Michael Ellis MP

The Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West was on the same visit and was also impressed:

Twitter quote from Nerys Watts, HLF

We also hosted a visit from members of the South West EMP,  a networking group for emerging museum, arts and heritage professionals in the region. They got to hear about The Box, our On Tour programme and some of the ground breaking technology that’s being used to treat and conserve the figureheads we are taking on loan.

……….and speaking of the figureheads, Plymouth hosted a Steering Group meeting for the Interreg project that is supporting our conservation work earlier in August. Representatives from around Europe came to the city to find out about The Box and other city initiatives – they got to see the fireworks too! You can read more about their visit here.

MMIAH 4th Steering Group meeting, Plymouth, August 2018

In case you missed it, here’s a new video that Plymouth City Council has produced about a number of the construction and redevelopment projects that are taking place at the moment. We’re featured alongside Oceansgate, Drake Leisure and more.

Here’s the most recent time lapse footage from our construction site web cam too.

Developments on site continue to make great headway. If you’ve watched the time lapse footage above you’ll notice that at 3:15 the Acrow props that were supporting our ‘box in the sky’ have been removed. This now makes our huge extension hang in the air. We believe this is now the largest double span cantilever in the country. We’re due to top out in a few weeks’ time and this will be covered in our September Build Update. This event will mean that the highest point of the building has been reached.

Web Cam - 28 August 2018

I’ll finish off this post with some new images that were taken by staff on a recent site visit. Time keeps marching on: the next time we share a Build Update in late September the Museum and Art Gallery will have been closed for more than two years!

Inside St Luke's Church - 13 August 2018

Inside St Luke’s Church

Underneath the cantilever - 13 August 2018

Underneath the cantilever

Descending the stairs into the space where The Box's foyer will be - 13 August 2018

Descending the stairs into the space where The Box’s foyer will be