Plymouth - From Destruction to Construction exhibition in House of FraserHouse of Fraser, 5th Floor, 40-46 Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 1DY

9am to 5pm Monday and Wednesday to Saturday
9.30am to 5pm Tuesday
10.30am to 4pm Sunday
Last entries 30 minutes before closing


Plymouth - From Destruction to Construction exhibition in House of FraserPlymouth 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.

Amongst 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.

Plymouth - From Destruction to Construction exhibition in House of FraserThis 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.

Related events

Slide Show: The Blitz on 13 June

Slide Show: Plymouth’s Reconstruction on 11 July

Further links

Read our official press release here.

Watch our video about our partnership with House of Fraser here.

You can also see a wall display marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers near the Buy and Collect area on floor 4. Find out more here.