Dingles, House of Fraser, post-WWIIHouse of Fraser, 5th Floor, 40-46 Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 1DY

9am to 5pm Monday and Wednesday to Saturday
9.30am to 5pm Tuesday
10am to 4pm Sunday
Last entries 30 minutes before closing


Plymouth suffered greatly during World War II. The docks and naval base made it a major target resulting in the almost total destruction of the city centre and the displacement of tens of thousands of Plymothians.

Civic Centre during constructionAmongst this charred and ruined city, a radical new plan was developed to enable its complete redesign and reconstruction. MPs, Councillors and planners sought out the finest architects, designers and artists to create a new city – a modern city – worthy of replacing what had been lost.

The city we see today epitomises the ambition and vision of this post-war planning.

This exhibition includes fascinating objects, images and footage from the collections of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and the South West Film and Television Archive that explore the themes of destruction and reconstruction.

Visitors of all ages can experience the inside of an Anderson Shelter, dress up in a range of replica clothing and learn more about the construction of House of Fraser itself.

Read our official press release here.

You can also see archive images and information about The Box and Museum On Tour programme on display in House of Fraser. Find out more here.