The tenth Plymouth History Festival begins on Saturday 7th May, celebrating the city’s unique heritage and showcasing the community work that takes place across the city. It runs until 27 May.

This year, the festival is taking inspiration from the ground breaking National Marine Park project, with a number of events that look at how Plymouth’s enduring connection with the water has shaped the identities of its people and communities.

The packed programme includes a ‘Local History Bonanza Day’ at The Box on 7 May, when people can drop in to meet and chat to local history groups, enjoy a series of free talks, try their hand at quizzes, trails and more.

Other special events include ‘Community Curation Days’ in Stoke and Ernesettle, Heritage Litter Picks in the city centre, a workshop led by the Renaissance Historical Dance Society, who specialise in the performance of court and country dances from the past, and sessions about local history research resources and how to read old handwriting in documents like the census returns from the 1800s and 1900s.

The full schedule is available on the Plymouth History Festival website.

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