The Box partners and funders
They recognise the need to preserve, make available and tell the rich and varied history of the people of Plymouth. From the valued historical artefacts, to the pictures, the moving footage and the written word, Plymouth has more heritage that it is currently possible to display.
The City Council would like to make these collections more accessible to the people of Plymouth, and by bringing them under one roof can create an outstanding tourist attraction unparalleled in the South West.
SWFTA is the official Film and TV archive for the South West of England. All of their outstanding collections will be brought under the management of The Box.
The unique collections include the news and programme libraries from Westward Television and Television South West (TSW), together with footage which dates back to the late Victorian era.
Supported by a large team of volunteers who catalogue, copy, digitise and manage the footage, SWFTA hopes to make more of the footage, more available to more people.
SWIB is currently the custodian of some 170 individual collections and close to one million negatives dating back to the 1870s. The archive collectively exists as the largest body of photographic records in the region. The Box will create greater access to these valuable collections.
The lead partner within University of Plymouth is the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, which includes The Arts Institute. They are the official partner responsible for providing expertise to ensure the Centre attracts and appeals to both students and researchers from around the country. Their vision for the centre is together to create a learning research hub, as well as jointly programming together The Arts Institute spaces, as part of The Box offer for the public.
The Devonport Naval Heritage Centre records the development of The Dockyard and Plymouth’s pivotal role in supporting the Royal Navy through major conflicts since 1300, including two World Wars. Through its collection of over 100,00 artefacts in eight galleries covering 2,500 square metres of displays, interactive experiences and pictorial interpretation the drama of the close relationship of Devonport, the Royal Navy, The Dockyard and the people of Plymouth can be explored. It is open for tours by appointment. Open Days are held at various times throughout the year and there are regular public visit sessions during the summer months too. The Box will loan some items from the Naval Heritage Centre and display them in a new environment.