We are conserving 14 Royal Naval ship's figureheads to display in The Box when it opens in 2020.
The figureheads are coming to us on loan from the National Museum of the Royal Navy and will be displayed in our foyer.
Before they can go on display to the public they need to undergo analysis and restoration. This ambitious project is enabling us to work with a wide range of specialist contractors and conservation specialists.
None of this would be possible without the support of our funders, particularly Interreg through the MMIAH (Maritime, Military and Industrial Atlantic Heritage) project.
Use this page to stay up to date with our progress. Take a look at the links below to see press releases, blog posts and video clips.
BLOG POST, 16 October 2019: We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of 14 Royal Naval figureheads. Their restoration is an amazing story in its own right, their history is just as fascinating - and it's all gone national!
PRESS RELEASE - 14 October 2019: 14 monumental Royal Naval figureheads will return to Plymouth next week to be displayed in The Box, after being restored in a hugely ambitious conservation project.
BLOG POST - 9 January 2019: Our Arts and Minds group are working on a special project inspired by the Royal Naval figureheads we’re currently restoring, and which will form a stunning display in the main entrance of The Box when it opens in 2020.
BLOG POST - 21 November 2018: Learn how Orbis Conservation have been analysing, repairing, strengthening and repainting the Sybille figurehead.
BLOG POST - 21 November 2018: Discover what Orbis Conservation found when they began analysing the Tamar figurehead that will be on display in The Box in 2020.
BLOG POST - 12 September 2018: See the amazing new colour scheme that's been created for the huge King Billy figurehead.
BLOG POST - 5 September 2018: Find out about the conservation and consolidation work that are producing brilliant results for the Topaze figurehead.
BLOG POST: Find out what happened when we moved the impressive figurehead of HMS Tamar so it can undergo conservation treatment in London.
BLOG POST: See a series of video clips that bring you up to date with our figureheads project.
BLOG POST: Discover more about 'King Billy' and 'Topaze' - the first two figureheads to undergo analysis and conservation work.
PRESS RELEASE: Two spectacular figureheads which formerly adorned the bows of naval warships are on their way towards starting a new lease of life in Plymouth’s exciting new cultural and heritage attraction, The Box.