Tuesday 5th October. Visit to The Box, Plymouth
The Box is Plymouth's major new museum, art gallery and archive. Opened September 2020

Nine permanent galleries showcase the city’s incredible collections and include 14 monumental ships’ figureheads, thousands of natural history specimens, a full-size woolly mammoth replica, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics, objects, film and photography, documents, maps and plans


Our visit includes

Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy

‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ is the national commemorative exhibition for the Mayflower 400 anniversary. It’s Plymouth’s largest loans exhibition ever and has been co-curated with the Wampanoag Advisory Committee to Plymouth 400 in the USA. Forget everything you thought you knew about the Mayflower. The exhibition debunks the myths and explores how one ship connects four nations over 400 years.

Powerful perspectives are shared through images, ideas and objects including the first Bible to be printed in America, the last known record of the Mayflower, the oldest existing state document of New England, drawings, diaries, maps, plans and portraits, and the first piece of Wampanoag art commissioned by the city.

The exhibition features 300 items, on loan from 100 museums, libraries and archives from around the world, including Native American items from The National Museum of the American Indian and the Harvard Peabody collection


Permanent Collections: Journey through time and experience the development of the Port of Plymouth – understand the people who made it their home and the Mammoth creatures who roamed the pre-historic landscape. Travel the world in 100 Journeys and get to know those who boarded the Mayflower in 1620.

The ‘Our Art’ gallery showcases Plymouth’s fantastic art collection. As you enter the gallery, you’re greeted by a grand display of paintings that represent over 400 years of artists painting Plymouth. The artworks follow the coastline from the River Plym to the River Tamar and provide a varied vista of Plymouth through the eyes of artists across the centuries. They include some of the earliest existing depictions of Plymouth – small sketches and watercolours that date from the 1600s.


Across from this visual panorama of Plymouth you can see a showcase of three centuries of artistic production from the South West. Reynolds established his first studio in Plymouth, going on to found the Royal Academy of Art and becoming one of the most important portrait painters of the 1700s. 200 years later, Robert Lenkiewicz had several studios in Plymouth’s historic Barbican area where he painted the city’s characters


Food and Drink

The Box Kitchen & Bar – serving a range of tasty meals, snacks and drinks. The Little Box, a brand new café in Tavistock Place  with an equally delicious range of locally sourced food and drinks.

Transport is by coach, leaving Budleigh Salterton Town Hall at 9 a.m. and Holman Way Car Park, Topsham at 9.30 a.m.. Cost will be £23.50 per person.

Reservation Form

Please use this form to indicate that you are interested in making the visit, and that you would like to reserve a table in the restaurant.

Please tell us what time you want a table for lunch; 12 noon, 12 30 or 1 p.m., and tell us how many will be sitting at your table.

  • Payment for this visit can be made before/after the September lecture to Dianne Westoby-Brooks in person or by cheque.
  • Payment can be made by sending a cheque to Dianne Westoby-Brooks, 23 The Chase, Topsham, EX3 0FB
  • Or by BACS remittance to 30-93-14 a/c 02689599 quoting ‘Box Visit’ as reference.