The Box will spend this weekend sharing a series of insights across its digital platforms to mark its original opening date.
The city’s major new museum, gallery and archive was set to open to the public on Saturday 16 May, but was forced to sadly postpone its launch due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The venue was only two months away from opening when the lockdown came into effect. Staff have been continuing to work hard on the project remotely over the last few weeks however, and are keen to put a positive spin on the occasion.
We’re obviously hugely disappointed that we won’t be opening as planned, but we’d made a massive amount of progress before the government restrictions were put in place, and have continued to make even more progress since.
Paul Brookes, Interim CEO
Throughout the two days, The Box will share a series of posts on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.
Content will include new videos that document its journey so far, an up-to-date look behind the scenes and competitions to win some cuddly Gus Honeybuns and woolly mammoths.
Nat Tallents, former ‘BBC MasterChef: The Professionals’ contestant and Executive Chef for ‘The Box Kitchen & Bar’, will also give two online cookery and cocktail-making demonstrations that people can follow at home.
The Box is the largest multi-disciplinary arts and heritage museum space opening anywhere in the UK in 2020. Originally three separate buildings, its ground-breaking design has completely transformed, extended and combined Plymouth’s former City Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library buildings and St Luke’s Church to create a cutting-edge, interactive cultural centre with 13 new galleries and exhibition spaces, a striking elevated archive, learning and research facilities, and the first public square to be built in Plymouth since 2004.
The flagship exhibition for The Box will be Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy the national commemorative exhibition for the Mayflower 400 anniversary and the largest loans exhibition ever staged by the city of Plymouth, with loans due to come to the museum from American and Holland amongst other countries.