About Us

Brief History

The Old Plymouth Society are a group of like-minded people, from all walks of life and of all ages, who wish to celebrate and enjoy the heritage of this City. We have existed since 1929, but in 1992 we experienced a rebirth, which changed in structure and a greatly increased membership, and became a local history society whose aim is “to promote interest and research into, and the preservation of, the heritage of the City of Plymouth”. Since then our activities have expanded to cover a full winter and summer programme. Read more about our History

About Events

LECTURES – We meet nine times a year in the Mutley Baptist Church’s Spurgeon Hall for talks from various speakers on a range of subjects relating to our aims.

VISITS – Each summer we have a programme of visits, which have included among others: Boat trips and behind the scenes tours of places not open to the general public.

WALKS – Members enjoy guided walks as part of the summer programme, and in September each year we walk around the boundary that was set in 1439 when Plymouth was incorporated as a borough, and not changed until the first boundary extension in 1896.

PUBLICATIONS  – The Society publishes occasional booklets relating to local history written by members of the Society, and a twice-yearly newsletter.

SABBATH DAY FIGHT COMMEMORATION – The Society manages the annual commemoration of the Sabbath Day Fight of 1643 at the Freedom Memorial in Freedom Park, in the presence of the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries.

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Committee Members

President: Chris Robinson

Vice President: Pat Brooks

Chairman: Gloria Dixon

Treasurer: Stephanie Ackland

Secretary: Gloria Dixon

Membership Secretary: Pippa Ritchie

Minutes Secretary: Pippa Ritchie/June Chamberlaine

Committee Member:  Barry Shears

Newsletter Editor: Derry & Barry Corey