Our vision

The Box, Plymouth is a major redevelopment scheme and a symbol for the city's current regeneration and future.

It will be a museum for the 21st century with extraordinary gallery displays, high profile artists and art exhibitions, as well as exciting events and performances that take visitors on a journey from pre-history to the present and beyond.

The Box and public space, high up view from south eastBorn 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 visitor destination 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 prized collections and documents. This project also offers greater scope to add to an already popular events and activities programme, so there will be many reasons why people will want to visit The Box over and over again.

Artist impression of the Mammoth gallery in the Plymouth History Centre - set to open in spring 2020Situated between University of Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art, The Box will form the heart of a developing Cultural Hub. The centre will include: an archive for Plymouth and the southwest, preserving the heritage of the city and region for future generations; a museum with stories of Plymouth and how we reached out to the world and brought the world back to Plymouth; a location for contemporary art exhibitions, artist commissions and major touring shows; a new study centre located between two educational establishments; in essence, a cultural centre of which the city can be proud.

Plans include the refurbishment of space in what were the Grade II listed museum and library buildings with a contemporary extension providing expanded facilities, plus transforming St Luke’s Church into the largest single GIS compliant gallery in the south west.

Why not take a look at the scheme design review document for the project? This dates from May/June 2017 so is subject to change but gives a great insight into our vision and the level of detail that we are considering in relation to the design of our spaces. An interactive PDF of some of the pages is also available.

Scheme Design Review – 2017

The Box Interactive Galleries PDF – 2017

What happens next

Building and construction work is fully underway on The Box construction site. The fit out of the galleries, exhibition, retail and catering spaces will take place during autumn/winter 2019 and early spring 2020.