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Plymouth History Festival 2019

Plymouth History Festival 2019 is now over. Huge thanks to everybody who made it possible, from the organising teams to the many expert event providers, and especially to everyone who came and took part.

We’ve enjoyed the sounds and sights of Plymouth’s past to their fullest over the last month. The feedback we’re getting back from visitors is overwhelmingly positive and our most frequent comment is “More of the same, please!”

Stay in touch if you have any ideas or would like to be involved in next year’s festival in any capacity – we look forward to hearing from you at MuseumEvents@plymouth.gov.uk. In the meantime, here are some images to remind you of the great times we’ve had in 2019. Click on them to scroll through at a larger size.


13-19 May, 14 May, Talks


Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW
Tuesday 14 May, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Talk by Owen Ryles FRSA, Chief Executive of The Plymouth Athenaeum. Born and raised in Plymouth, Sir William Snow Harris was an electrical researcher, nicknamed ‘Thunder-and-Lightning Harris’. Discover the story of his struggle to get his lightning conductors for ships system adopted by the Royal Navy and the roles played in that story by Charles Darwin, the Russian Tsar and Queen Victoria.

Entry free / Booking not required.


13-19 May, 17 May, Evening, Talks


Spurgeon Hall, Rear of Mutley Baptist Church, Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LB
Friday 17 May, 7pm to 9pm

Listen to an illustrated talk by local historian David Pulvertaft about the amazing collection of beautifully crafted ships figureheads linked to Devonport. A number of these will be displayed in The Box when it opens in 2020. Doors open at 7pm when light refreshments are available as well as an opportunity to browse our new and used publications all linked to local history. The talk begins at 7.30pm.

£2 for non-members / Free to members / No need to book / www.oldplymouthsociety.net