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The 2018 Plymouth History Festival begins this Saturday (5 May) and runs until 3 June.

The annual celebration of Plymouth’s heritage is now in its sixth year and there are more than 100 events taking place across the city and beyond. 

The festival is coordinated by the City Council’s Museums Galleries Archives service. With special events, family activities, talks, tours, guided walks, music and performance, exhibitions and displays it's a great way to discover more about the amazing history of the city and surrounding area. 

This year's talks explore topics such as pirates, smugglers, the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the 100th anniversary of the RAF, the city’s original water supply and the history of Plymouth's department stores.

If you prefer your experiences to take place on foot or by water there’s a host of different events to sign up for. These include garden tours, bridge and Blitz walks, boat trips and even the chance to view some of our most historic locations by paddle board.

If music and performance are your passion you can listen to a piano, organ or string recital, try your hand at creative writing and storytelling, watch open air plays and more.

This year’s festival offers the chance to learn more about Plympton’s medieval history, the city’s Jewish and Quaker heritage, the achievements of the Marine Biological Association and famous characters such as John Kitto, William Cookworthy, Scott of the Antarctic and Captain Cook.

In the year that commemorates the centenary of the very first votes for some women, you can discover more about some of the remarkable females who are buried at Ford Park Cemetery or experience Dreadnought South West’s Rebellious Sounds Archive. This Heritage Lottery Funded project explores how women in the region have contributed to activism since 1918.

In a Plymouth History Festival first, you can also help test a new family-friendly mobile trail on the Hoe this year. The trail will go live on Friday 11 May and looks at the important role the Eddystone Lighthouse and the Breakwater play in keeping the city safe.

See the full programme online - and find out how to book - on the Plymouth History Festival website.

Festival brochures are also available from the Tourist Information Centre and the Community Hub on Floor 5 of House of Fraser. 

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