Born from a need to protect and safeguard the future of some of Plymouth’s most valued archives and historic collections, Plymouth now has a unique opportunity to create something truly special, a History Centre the city can be proud of and visitors will talk about.
The project has access to a rich and varied resource of material and stories, from films to images, artefacts, to prize collections and documents. This project also offers greater scope to add to an already popular activities and events programme, so there will be many reasons why people will want to visit the centre over and over again.
Situated between Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art, the Centre will form the heart of a developing Cultural Hub. Aspirations for the centre include: an archive for Plymouth and the southwest, a museum with stories of Plymouth, how we reached out to the world and brought the world back to Plymouth, a location for contemporary art exhibitions and major touring shows, a new cultural and heritage attraction showcasing our treasures to visitors and a heritage and a cultural centre the city can be proud of.
Plans include the refurbishment of space in the existing Grade II listed museum and library buildings with a contemporary extension to the rear, plus St Luke’s Church in Tavistock Place.
- May 2014
Successful Round 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £12.8 million
- September 2014
Appointment of key staff and consultant teams
- January 2014
New Library plans agreed
- April 2015
Exhibition Designers Appointed
- June 2015
Joint Library and History Centre Consultations
- Autumn 2015
Spring 2016 – More public consultation around Plymouth and beyond
- January 2016
Successful Round 1 bid to Arts Council England (ACE) for £4.2 million
- February 2016
Decant of the Museum and Art Gallery begins behind-the-scenes
- March 2016
Planning application submitted
- March 2016
Central Library relocates to new premises in the city centre
- April 2016
Round 2 bid submission to HLF
- May 2016
Round 2 bid submission to ACE
- June 2016
Planning permission granted
- July 2016
Wolfson Foundation funding (£128,000) secured and Building Contractors appointed
- August 2016
HLF Round 2 funding secured
- September 2016
The Museum and Art Gallery building closed
- October 2016
ACE Round 2 funding secured
- January 2017
Official ground breaking ceremony takes place and construction work begins
- March 2017
Garfield Weston Foundation funding secured (£250,000)
What happens next
Building and construction work has now commenced on the History Centre site and a ‘Museum On Tour’ programme is now under way in a range of venues and locations across Plymouth and beyond.
Whilst the museum building is closed, we are delivering offsite exhibitions, events and projects 'On Tour'.
Whilst Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s building is closed for the development of the History Centre, some of our collections are now on display in other venues. Watch this space for news on collections loans for 2017!
Take a look at the latest developments.
For up-to-date posts on what’s happening behind the scenes.