Introduction from the Chair of PPF

Virginia Woolf once said:

“Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded”

Plymouth Pride Forum and the city of Plymouth have just been given a fantastic opportunity to record a part of its past that up, until now, has been overlooked.

“I’m personally excited by the prospect of the ‘Pride in our Past’ project and the gems it’s likely to unearth but I’m also elated for Plymouth Pride Forum and those individuals who have worked so hard to get this important piece of work off the ground. I cannot praise this determination enough and I’d also like to extend my thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for seeing our vision and getting behind it.”

It’s going to be an exciting twelve months culminating in a fantastic exhibition that will really allow Plymouth’s LGBT community to show how they have been part of the shaping of our city.

Virginia Woolf also said Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title but were about to start filling in the content and we need your help to uncover the past through our collective memories, anecdotes and experiences. No matter how small the nugget might seem to you it’s are going to be a vital part of the amazing LGBT landscape that will emerge and we need you to be part of a community that’s about to have it’s history recorded and at last recognised. Alan Pottinger – Chair

In April 2012, the LGBT archive will form the basis of an exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery project volunteers will be offered the opportunity to help curate the exhibition.

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