Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s building is currently closed for the development of the History Centre.
Our service continues through offsite exhibitions, events and projects now that we’re officially ‘On Tour’!
Your one-stop shop for help with family, house and local history research.
The Plymouth and West Devon Record Office is the principal archive repository within Plymouth and the West Devon area. It exists to collect and preserve the historical records of the area and to promote and encourage their use by all who want to study them.
Search our online catalogue for documents and images held by us…
We support exciting and innovative arts projects and initiatives throughout the city. We have strong connections with heritage partners throughout Plymouth and beyond.
Our historic lighthouse is more than 250 years old and is one of the city’s landmark buildings. Climb the 93 steps to the top and enjoy panoramic views of Plymouth and beyond!
Smeaton’s Tower is the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse. In use from 1759 to 1877, it was largely dismantled and rebuilt on Plymouth Hoe in Plymouth, Devon, where it now stands as a memorial to its designer, John Smeaton, a celebrated civil engineer.
A rare example of its time, the Elizabethan House is a historic property laid out in the style of a merchant or sea captain’s home from the 1600s.
The house is currently closed due to essential conservation work.
The historic Merchant’s House building is full of objects and information that provide a snapshot of Plymouth’s past including the Victorian era and the Blitz.
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