Cinema Advert – Plymout’s Leading Nightspots 1970’s

This video has provided some interesting material and discussion on Facebook. It is a local cinema advert promoting the: The Birdcage, Union Street The Cascade, Lockyer Street The Commodore, Cornwall Street The night club favoured by Opportune’s crew was the Commodore Club in Cornwall Street. The Commodore was run by a flamboyant gay called Tommy […]

Protected: Past Gay Venue Research

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Working Groups making good progress on the Pride in Our Past Project

Each of our working groups have been making good progress over the last few weeks.  Our researchers in the Records Office have been uncovering some amazing stories of places and people in Plymouth’s history and some fascinating people have come forward to speak to our Oral History Group.  We’re beginning to collect some great interviews […]

Plymouth online LGBT Archive taking shape

Plymouth LGBT Archive screen capture

We have started to build the on-line aspect of the Plymouth LGBT archive at That brings together our collected data stored on services such as Flickr and Scribd into one central searchable resource. Feeds from both the archive and this news blog are combined and displayed on our main website that remains the best […]

Project Coordinator takes up post

The Pride in Our Past project moves into a new phase this week with it’s new coordinator, Dr Helen Phillips taking up her post.  Helen comes to us from her previous post as a research assistant with the Faculty of Health and Social Work at the University of Plymouth working on a project commissioned by […]

LGBT History Month 2010 Quiz

A LGBT history themed quiz was held at The Swallow raising funds for the Eddystone Trust and EACH as part of the  LGBT History Month 2010 events in Plymouth. The Poster

Plymouth LGBT Film Night Launched February 2010

Plymouth Pride Forum and Pride in Plymouth launched LGBT film night as part of the 2010 LGBT History Month events. Screening Stonewall the Movie at Hawkins Meeting House, Plymouth. The Poster The Leaflet

IDAHOT 2010 Great Global Kiss In

IDAHOT 2010 Great Global Kiss In, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: For International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2010 Pride in Plymouth organised a flash mob style Kiss-in as part of the Great Global Kiss-in Project, held in Plymouth City Centre on the 15th May. The video was mashed in to one of the […]

PPF World AIDS Day 2007

PPF World AIDS Day 2007, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: On December 1st 2007 the Plymouth Pride Forum launched it’s new interactive website and marked World AIDS Day with a reception and candle light vigil. The website was short lived as it was abused by a small number of people.

Pride in Our Past Banner

Pride in Our Past Banner, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: The Pride in Our Past banner proudly at Torbay Pride on Sat 30th July 2011

Pride in Our Past Volunteer at PWDRO

Pride in Our Past Volunteer at PWDRO, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: A volunteer for the Pride in Our Past project researching the old leather bound 1920’s court records that are providing us with windows into an evocative & tragic past. We uncover the tale of two men, Francis […]

Robert Gould Shaw III Nancy Astor’s Son

Charcoal drawing by John Singer Sargent - Robert Gould Shaw III

In the summer of 1931 Bobbie Shaw, the son of Lady Nancy Astor, ex Guardsman, champion steeplechaser and heavy drinker was arrested for ‘a homosexual act’. The arrest came just a week before Lady Nancy and Lord Waldorf Astor were due to take a diplomatic trip to Russia with George Bernard Shaw. It is reputed that the police told the Astors […]

Site of the Lockyer Tavern Plymouth

Site of the Lockyer Tavern Plymouth, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: All that’s left of the famous Lockyer Tavern, it’s ‘Back Bar’ was a meeting place for the gay community of Plymouth throughout the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s. Long demolished, it’s now the garden of the Bank Pub and […]


Plymouth-Borough-Prison-Greenbank, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: Many of the convictions for homosexual offences we have discovered led to a stint in the Plymouth Borough Prison at Greenbank. It was completed in April 1849 and designed in the style of the famous Pentonville Prison. It had 60 cells, with a […]

Cathrine St Plymouth

cathrine-st-plymouth, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: 24 year old Henry who was brought to trial over Christmas 1925 for ‘importuning and soliciting men for immoral purposes’ and whose New Year brought with it six months hard labour! ‘Cruising’ streets, parks or urinals was criminalised as the offence of ‘importuning’ […]