The Box

The Box

A multi-million pound gallery and museum complex on North Hill will house Plymouth's most important heritage collections on one site. A programme of high profile exhibitions, artist commissions and events will run alongside the permanent gallery displays, making The Box a key cultural attraction for the city and region.

A striking contemporary extension on the back of the former Museum and Art Gallery and Central Library is being built and St Luke's Church is being transformed.

The buildings will be linked by a public piazza with food and retail outlets.

The Box is set to open in spring 2020 as part of our Mayflower 400 commemorations. The project is led by the Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Coastal Communities Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, University of Plymouth, Wolfson Foundation, Interreg and the BFI.


Great progress has been made since the structural completion of The Box was celebrated with a 'Topping Out' ceremony in late 2018.

The installation of the curtain walling, or outer covering, and the large glass window panes around the new front entrance on Tavistock Place has begun. The installation of the racking in the main archive has started and the glass balustrade in the 'Active Archive' gallery is complete.

In St Luke's Church, a concrete floor has been laid and polished and the beautiful restored stained-glass windows have been fitted.

Designs and content for the new permanent galleries are being finalised, research and preparations for the major 'Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy' exhibition is underway and the challenging conservation of 14 huge Royal Naval figureheads is making great progress.

Construction work will continue until the autumn. Fit-out will then begin in earnest, led by specialist fit-out contractors The Hub who have worked for a range of international museums and galleries including the V&A and the Natural History Museum.

January 2019

For more information visit the The Box website.