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Sunday 1st March 2015

Plymouth History Centre Project

The Plymouth History Centre is a £24m scheme in the heart of Plymouth. The vision is to transform the existing museum on North Hill into a cutting-edge cultural centre, three times its existing size, which will open in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.

The vision of an International History Centre in Plymouth was born from a need to protect and safeguard the future of some of Plymouth's most valued archives and historic collections. These include the archives at Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, collections at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (currently only 5 per cent of the museum's fantastic collections are on display) and Plymouth Local Studies Library Collection.

The inclusion of films from the South West Film and TV Archives and images from the South West Image Bank, presented the partners with a unique opportunity to create something truly special.

* An accessible archive available for research by students and families wishing to study the history of the area and its people
* A museum and its collections reaching out to the world through telling stories about Plymouth's past, present and future
* A location for contemporary art exhibitions and events
* A major new tourism attraction

In May 2014, the partners were successful with their bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for £12.8 million. The History Centre is now in its development phase. Detailed plans are currently being prepared that will be resubmitted to the HLF in April 2016.Together the partners want to create a centre that will enable visitors to get more involved with the archives; a centre where they will find, uncover and engage with the stories behind the collections. They are also building one of the South West's leading contemporary art galleries and a centre that will become the latest key addition to the peninsula's tourism industry.