Plymouth LGBT Archive – Shining a Light on Plymouth’s LGBT Past

When the Pride in Our Past exhibition draws to it’s conclusion on 30th June, and much of the material collected moves to its permanent home in the Plymouth and West Devon Records office, it becomes more important than ever to continue the fantastic work that has been achieved by volunteers so far.

Plymouth LGBT Archive logo features Plymouth's Smeaton's Tower lighthouse

Plymouth LGBT Archive logo designed by volunteer Carrie Anne

This online archive will continue to host much of the material, and will act as a resource for researchers, as we continue to explore the city’s rich LGBT history.  The exhibition has brought us into contact with a whole new range of people keen to share their stories and add to the rich diversity of the material already held.  This is really only the beginning for the archive and this new chapter is symbolized with the archive’s own logo, designed by volunteer Carrie Anne, which represents the light we’re shining on Plymouth’s LGBT past.

We have made good progress building the on line resource using  the key themes of the exhibition for primary navigation represented on the top menu.

  • Before the Lables
  • The Early Years
  • Underground Scene
  • Changing Times
  • 21st Century Pride
The archive is also searchable by keyword and we use categories and tags to cross reference entries.
Over the past year we have shared over 300 photos through our Flickr photo stream and have many more to upload. We embed these images into relevant articles building a content rich educational resource for the current and future generations.
The Pride in Our Past exhibition has also provided inspiration to several people, who are creating material for inclusion in the archive demonstrating that the archive is capturing current times whilst uncovering our past hidden history.

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