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 October 2014, Atkins, one of the World's leading design, engineering and project management firms were appointed to oversee the technical and architectural design for the centre.
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.
The new History Centre will provide 4,310sq.m. of refurbished space in the existing Grade II listed museum and library building, plus St Luke's Church in Tavistock Place.
It will also include 2,676 sq. m. of space in a new extension to the rear of the library building. This will mean much bigger and better exhibition areas and fantastic facilities for the visiting public, including study spaces for students and leisure facilities for visitors.