Sir Francis Drake

Six items relating to Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) which were on long-term loan to the National Trust at Buckland Abbey are set for a new adventure and have returned to Plymouth so they can be displayed in The Box in 2020.

Drake’s Drum, Drake’s Cup, a portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, a model of the Golden Hind and two manuscripts came off display at Buckland in early 2019. They are now undergoing conservation assessments. Once any necessary work has been undertaken they will be displayed in the ‘100 Journeys’ gallery in The Box when it opens in 2020.

Drake's Drum

Drake’s Drum on display at Buckland Abbey.

The ‘100 Journeys’ gallery will explore Plymouth’s role in global history looking specifically at the range and types of journey that have left the port of Plymouth and their impact on the wider world.

As well as Drake, the journeys of Captain Cook, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Gertrude Benham, Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Chichester and Charles Darwin will initially be explored. The inclusion of the Drake items will enable visitors to explore the development of trade and empire during the reign of Elizabeth I as well as his associations with Plymouth and Devon.

Carol Murrin, General Manager at Buckland Abbey said: “Sir Francis Drake is an incredibly important part of Buckland Abbey’s history. He lived here for 16 years from 1580 to 1596 and we are proud that Buckland was his home. It will be fascinating to see the returned items displayed in the ‘100 Journeys’ gallery at The Box, showing Drake as a part of a theme of the global influences that started from Plymouth.”

“Buckland began life in 1278 as a Cistercian Abbey and we are very excited that we have over 750 years of inspiring history here to share, from the monks, the Dissolution, to the Grenville family who made the Abbey into a house, to Drake and his descendants. As well as our ongoing displays, events, gorgeous gardens and beautiful estate, we are continually developing new exhibitions which help to tell Buckland Abbey’s story for our visitors to enjoy. I am pleased that we will continue to work with The Box team to shine a light on the amazing history this part of Devon can offer the world.”

Paul Brookes, Interim CEO for The Box said: “With Drake’s longstanding connections to the city and wider region we are thrilled at the prospect of seeing these objects on display in our new ‘100 Journeys’ gallery. We are also looking forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Buckland Abbey in new and different ways and will be looking at the potential for new collections loans and shared exhibitions and events that complement our visitor offers in the future.”

For more information about Buckland Abbey visit the website.

For a more detailed insight into the return of the loans, read our blog post below.