About the Arts and Heritage Service
Plymouth City Council’s Arts and Heritage Service brings arts, museums, archives and Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park together to form a regional centre of excellence that explores our understanding of the past and present, and reveals the way Plymouth has shaped and been shaped by the rest of the world.
..the service plays a crucial role locally, regionally and nationally..
The service plays a crucial role locally, regionally and nationally in the council’s cultural tourism, economic development, education and community cohesion agendas, and works closely with the city’s culture board, Plymouth Culture.
We operate six sites
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Smeaton’s Tower, the Elizabethan House and the Merchant’s House attracting over 150,000 visitors a year.
Please note that Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is closed so development work for the History Centre can take place!
These will continue across the Arts and Heritage service whilst we deliver the History Centre project.
An ambitious temporary exhibitions programme which delivers 8-10 ten exhibitions a year either directly or in collaboration with local, regional and national partners.
An education service which reaches thousands of school children, further and higher education students each year.
An active community engagement programme targeting non-users and hard-to-reach groups, with a particular focus on vulnerable adults and young people.
Major Partner Museum agreement
A three-year funding agreement with Arts Council England as a Major Partner Museum in consortium with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter (April 2015 – March 2018).
Partnerships including the History Centre partners, National Trust at Buckland Abbey, the Southwest Local Authority Cultural Partnership and the Southwest Regional Development Partnership.
Collections of local, regional, national and international importance: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is responsible for over 800,000 items, including the Designated Cottonian Collection of prints and drawings, the largest collection of oil paintings in the South West and nationally significant mineral collections. The Plymouth and West Devon Record Office is the archive repository for the city and West Devon with collections dating back to the 12th century.
Arts engagement and development within the city, including funding support for key arts organisations, commissioning new work by artists and delivering a series of exciting public art projects.
In addition, we offer the following services:
Images of our collections and archives can be obtained for personal, educational and commercial use.
The Lantern Room and the Entrance Way at Smeaton's Tower are licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, commitment ceremonies, re-affirmation of vows and naming ceremonies.