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    Blog by Hailey Cattle

    Reflecting on a legacy at Royal William Yard

    29 September 2022

    We welcomed friends, partners and guests to Royal William Yard this month, giving them tours of the first completed areas of the Grade I Listed Melville building. The tours came during the period of national mourning, giving visitors a chance to respect and reflect on the area’s royal heritage.

    Like many across the nation this month, we joined in reflecting on the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her incredible 70-year reign.

    During the national mourning period we had an event planned to offer friends and partners in Plymouth the opportunity to see the Yard – including our work to date in restoring the Grade I Listed Melville building.

    We made the decision to respect the mourning period with our tours; it seemed an appropriate and sensitive opportunity for guests to learn about the Yard and its role in Britain’s military and royal history.

    Showing some friends, partners and guests around Royal William Yard

    It was great to share those stories with guests on the day – including tales of the Late Queen’s Ruby Jubilee visit to Plymouth in the 1970s. We also talked about Queen Victoria’s visit here, the new King Charles III’s visit to the Yard in 2014, and the regal roots of the Yard’s name too.

    The tours also gave us a chance to reflect on the past and the future, with colleagues and I sharing our vision for what is yet to come at the Yard – including a new cinema and gym that will soon add to the bustling neighbourhood we’ve established by the water, with its galleries, bars, restaurants, shops, apartments and outdoor spaces.

    Melville at Royal William Yard in Plymouth

    Thank you to all who came along on the day.

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