Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Press Release - Plymouth Interactive History, Sun 19th May

Hidden Plymouth held our first major event, Plymouth Interactive History, at Devonport Guildhall as part of Plymouth History Festival month on Sunday 19th May. Five months of planning finally came together gathering a selection of local historians, Civil War re-enactors, authors, researchers, history, conservation & interest groups for the first in a series of events designed to further promote local history at roots level, interacting with the community & sparking exciting new connections for the future.

With over 200 through the doors throughout the day, the exhibitors in the main hall were kept occupied with a steady stream of people chatting, asking questions & visually excited with the displays around the room. In the former Mayor’s Parlour, the atmosphere & acoustics were well received with presentations, Q&A sessions & slideshows ranging from Pymouth Civil War, WWII in Plymouth, Spies, caves & mines, regeneration & conservation.

With the Devonport Column only opening the week before, it was great for the people attending to also have the chance to finally climb the steps to an amazing 360 view of Plymouth. A total of 87 climbed the steps throughout the day. Many thanks to all at Real Ideas Organisation for hosting the first Hidden Plymouth event to the staged in the city, especially Claire & Louise who were a great help. Be sure to pop down & show your support by taking a Column tour when in Devonport!

Here is a review from the excellent team at Devonport Guildhall

We were taken aback by just how busy we actually were on the day & although planned to take photos of each participant, it never did due to the time flying chatting with the public & learning new stories from Plymouth history. To that, we asked those who attended via our Facebook page to share their photos & feedback from the event, or leave a comment here that will be reposted to this review. After all, without your support on the day it would never happen again & we welcome your thoughts to have input for where we can better the event! Thank you to all who made the event the success that it was! Keep following from updates from our readers....

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Hidden Plymouth presents Plymouth Interactive History

We had been planning a big event for sometime, so when we found out we could take part in the first ever Plymouth History Festival we were over the moon, & thanks to Claire at the Real Ideas Organisation who welcomed us to host a special event at the fantastic Devonport Guildhall & newly restored Devonport Column that will have just celebrated it's rise back into the community a week earlier. Our original plan was to host it in one of the Palmerston Forts but that fell through due to health & safety reasons, although what we are now hosting the event in has a rich history & with Devonport featuring so much in our research, makes it the perfect venue to host our first major event bringing you the public, closer to your history & heritage.

We hope to bring you some photos from tomorrow's event & welcome your feedback should you attend!