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The Box will 'give Plymouth its mojo back' says council leader

Plymouth's new £40million museum and art gallery will 'give Plymouth its mojo back', according to the council leader.

The Box, set to open in May, will feature more than two million artefacts, some of which have been hidden from view for centuries.

The Box is the largest arts space to open in the UK this year. Credit: ITV News

This is a great national facility we've built here. We in Plymouth are used to going to 'That London' to see really good stuff. Londonders are going to come here to see this.

It's about us getting our mojo back, it's about us getting our strut and our self confidence back.

There is so much to Plymouth, so much that we have forgotten about and not celebrated. The Box is a brilliant shop window for all that is great about Plymouth and all that will be great about Plymouth.

– Cllr Tudor Evans, Plymouth City Council
total cost of building The Box
A treasure trove of archive material is being curated. Credit: ITV News

It's been really wonderful developing the project itself but I can wait for that first visitor to walk through the door. We want to see what people are going to react to and what they're going to enjoy most and everything really is for the people of Plymouth and for visitors to the city so I just can't wait to get started.

– Kate Farmery, The Box
The Box is set to open in May. Credit: ITV News

The Box will be renowned for its engaging and highly immersive exhibition programme.

The programme will integrate the contemporary and the historic to bring the past to life through the present.

It will showcase international visual arts and media, as well as Plymouth’s rich heritage through ambitious touring exhibitions, new commissions and the city’s permanent collections.

– Nicola Moyle, The Box head of heritage