The Box, Plymouth, opens amid Covid restrictions.

An idea that first came to light over 12 years ago, and a rebrand of the original Plymouth Museum, the concept of ‘The Box’ was years in the making. Inviting the public to experience Britain’s Ocean City and all it stands for, The Box was designed as a ‘love-letter’ to the people of Plymouth, commemorating the city’s remarkable history and maritime culture and housing the art, archives and artifacts that have been collected over centuries.

After the scheduled May 2020 opening was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Box opened on the 25th of September, 2020. The Box is the largest multi-disciplinary arts and heritage space to open in the UK in 2020. As a key element of Plymouth’s ‘Resurgam’ programme, our launch symbolises Plymouth’s recovery and helps set the direction for positive change in the local economy and life of the city as it moves through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leach produced and installed over 3000 graphics across 11 galleries, including 2106 individually printed, American maple panels for the Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy gallery – the largest-ever commemorative Mayflower exhibition. This in particular was a standout gallery for Leach, in which Event wanted to celebrate and tell the story of the 102 passengers who boarded the Mayflower for America in 1620, using illustrative and impactful display graphics.

Leach’s dedicated project manager was instrumental in maintaining strong communications with all parties during the Covid-19 national lockdown, which came into play mid-way through the project and forced the site to close just two months before the original planned opening date. Overall, the team’s dedicated project management, commitment, and ability to focus production efforts in order to meet fast deadlines, was a critical factor to the success of this project, ensuring the clients expectations were met on every level despite Covid-19 related disruptions.