Plymouth LGBT Archive recognised as UK’s Most Inspirational Community Archive 2012

Pride in Our Past has won a prestigious national award from the Community Archive and Heritage Group it was announced at the Sixth CAHG Annual Conference held on 27th June 2012  that Pride in Our Past has won in the the Most Inspirational Community Archive category.

Plymouth LGBT Archive - Most Inspirational Community Archive

There were 63 submissions to the Community Archive and Heritage Group awards for 2011. The judges praised the high quality of the submissions. There were six category winners, with Marden History Group being awarded the accolade of overall ‘Community Archive of the Year’:

Winner of the ‘Most Inspirational’ Community Archive – Pride in Our Past

The ‘Pride in our Past’ project uncovered and celebrated the little-discussed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history of the City of Plymouth. The project team undertook oral history interviews and collected memorabilia and artefacts to help tell the story. The judges praised the way the project had ‘gathered the voices of and given a voice to often-ignored communities’.

Press Release 27-6-2012 – Plymouth LGBT Archive wins national Award

Other Category winners:

Winner of the ‘Most Innovative’ Community Archive – Oughterard Culture and Heritage Centre

The Oughterard Heritage website merges images from the past and the present to illustrate the changes in the local urban landscape of this small town in County Galway. The judges considered the technique ‘inspirational’ and ‘welcoming’.

Winner of the ‘Most Impactful’ Community Archive – Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre

The Planned Environment Therapy Trust undertook an oral history of residential therapeutic child care from 1930 to 1980, recognising that for many children and young people the loss, invisibility and inaccessibility of records about them translates
into a corresponding lack of personal foundation and certainty. The judges praised this ‘very real project’ for the significant outcomes it had achieved.

Winner of the ‘Best Online’ Community Archive – Oxhey Library

The Oxhey website is organised by volunteers and aims to provide a sustainable forum for people to share and enjoy memories and photographs of Oxhey. With no museum and little written history, the website has provided a forum to share and celebrate and to preserve local history for future generations. The judges considered the website ‘shouted enthusiasm’ and urged all with an interest in presenting local history to ‘take a look’.

Winner of the ‘Best New Archive’ – Chorley Heritage Centre

With the ultimate aim of opening a heritage centre in the heart of Chorley, the Chorley Heritage Centre Support Group are running a ’virtual heritage centre’ to involve the community in ‘cheating the skip’ of local artefacts and ephemera, whilst publicising collections on the website. The judges said: ‘Volunteers had gone far and wide to talk to those who had stories to tell and those who could advise and give good advice. Progress had been excellent.’


The Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) celebrates the contribution of community archives and shares good practice. The Group is supported by the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), the lead professional body for archivists and record managers.

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