by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

The end of a really busy year is drawing to a close at The Box. We’ll be taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks over the festive period but hope you’ve enjoyed our regular updates and behind the scenes insights throughout 2018.

If you’ve been following us, you’ll know that we’ve had some important milestones this year on the construction site, including the unveiling of our Foundation Stone and our Topping Out Ceremony.

Plymouth City Council Leader, Tudor Evans was on site earlier this week to lay the foundation stone into one of our beautiful Plymouth limestone walls.

Tudor Evans with The Box foundation stone - 2018 review of the year

In recent weeks, work on the ceilings in a number of our galleries has continued, the bulkheads in our main entrance and Active Archive galleries have taken shape and the bulkhead for the main showcase in our Mammoth gallery has been started.

Bulkhead progress at The Box - Tudor Evans with The Box foundation stone - 2018 review of the year

L-R: Bulkhead progress in the foyer, Mammoth gallery and Active Archive

The installation of the racking in our main archive has also begun and should be complete in early 2019. Installing the large glass panes in our exterior wall is also making great progress.

Racking and glazing progress at The Box Tudor Evans with The Box foundation stone - 2018 review of the year

L-R: Racking in the main archive and glazing outside

There’s been plenty of activity away from the construction site this year too. From preparing our collections and the conservation of the Royal Naval figureheads, to the design of our galleries and organising loans to venues in the South West, London and farther afield – our curatorial and conservation teams have (and will continue to be) extremely busy.

Our ‘On Tour’ programme has also been jam-packed with family events, film screenings, talks, walks and the annual History Festival. We even hosted a ‘Family Rave’ for over 500 people as part of our Plymouth After Dark project.

Over the last 12 months we’ve commemorated the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook setting sail on his first Pacific voyage and the establishment of the Royal Academy, the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Civil Engineers, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Scott of the Antarctic, the centenary of the ‘Votes for Women’ campaign and the end of the First World War.

We’ve also continued to work in partnership with The Arts Institute on a series of partnership exhibitions, host our ‘Plymouth – From Destruction to Construction’ exhibition at House of Fraser, and supported the Maker Memories project, the Plymouth Art Weekender and the Atlantic Project.

We’ll have more details about some new projects when we return in January and we’ve just added a number of new events to our what’s on section if you’d like to take a look! In addition to these, 2019 is going to be a crucial year for us with the completion of construction work, the fit-out of all our spaces and the move of all our collections. We’ll have plenty to keep you informed about. There are also the small matters of the restoration of the Elizabethan House and Mayflower 400!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year. We really appreciate all the positive comments and enthusiasm about the building and visitor experience we’re working so hard to create.

I’ll finish with the latest footage from the web cam……….

……….and an image of the construction site taken this week. Most of us are still amazed at how much it changes from week-to-week and how the building is coming together. This time last year we were just pouring the concrete base!

The Box - 19 December 2018

Have a wonderful Christmas and we’ll be back again in 2019.