World AIDS Day 2013

Today marks World AIDS Day 2013 and The Independent on Sunday reports that the battle against Aids is being won, with deaths down, a record numbers of people being treated, and new cases among children down by more than half. But ongoing discrimination against sufferers remains the biggest obstacle to winning the war, according to […]

Congratulations to Archive Photographer

Pride Volunteer Anna at PCA Freshers Fair 2013

Anna’s space exploration YOUNG photographer and  Archive committee member Anna Whittall has a four-day exhibition in London’s arts hub. The 22-year-old was chosen from hundreds of artists across the UK to take part in Zealous X, on the South Bank. Her photos go on show from Friday, November 29 in the Bargehouse, a warehouse gallery […]

LGBT History and Archives Conference 2013

London Metropolitan Archives Logo

Next on the Horizon for the Plymouth LGBT Archive is the 11th LGBT History and Archives Conference taking place at the London Metropolitan Archives on Saturday 7th December 2013. The theme for this year is ‘Unspeakable‘ that surrounds the idea that much of LGBT History has been shaped around legal and political landmarks relating mainly […]

Brook Green Centre for Learning Visit

Brook Green Centre for Learning, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: On Thursday 14th November, Alan Butler visiting Brook Green Centre for Learning weighed down with a sizeable group of items from the Plymouth LGBT Archive. Fortunately, three of the young people he was there to visit met him at the door and help him […]

Plymouth Fairness Comission Listening Event

The work involved in the formation of Plymouth’s LGBT Archive, and the associated  Pride in Our Past exhibition, highlighted just how important it was for voices from all across the city’s LGBT community to be captured and shared. Next week, the Plymouth Fairness Commission wants to look to the city’s future by listening to as […]

LGBT Pride and History at Plymouth Respect Festival 2013

Plymouth Respect Festival 2013

We are very excited to have been offered the use of a large space on the first floor of the Roland Lavinsky Building at Plymouth University as part Plymouth Respect Festival that will take place over the weekend of 12th and 13th October 2013. This will enable us to display a considerable amount of the […]

Freshers Fair’s September 2013

Pride Volunteer Anna at PCA Freshers Fair 2013

Freshers Fairs September 2013, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: On the 25th September 2013 both City College and Plymouth College of Art held their Freshers Fair’s. This presented us with a challenge having to divide, transport and set up the archive display across two sites in the city. Fortunately we have enough material and […]

It has been a Busy Summer for the Plymouth LGBT Archive

Plymouth LGBT Archive at Pride in the Park 2013

It has been a while since doing a proper news update as we have been very busy with various events through the summer, however we have been keeping followers up to date through our Twiiter feed and Facebook Page which now has over 200 likes. One of the most interesting things to come to light, […]

Archives from the Attic on 25th May

Archives from the Attic 2013: The Way We Live Saturday 25 May, 10am to 4pm Portland Square Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA Come along to this event to find out more about your own old documents and photos. Experts from Plymouth City Council’s Record Office, the Friends of Devon Archives and the […]

Community Open House for Lord Mayor’s Day

Saturday 18th May marks Lord Mayor’s Day in Plymouth.  To celebrate this event, Plymouth University are playing host to Community Open House event involving many of the groups who are playing a part in the city’s History Festival this month. The Community Open House is a fun vibrant community event  which has taken place annually […]

Plymouth Mobile Archive will be on display at the Mayday Festival on May 4th Devonport Guildhall

Plymouth Mayday Festival May 4th

The Plymouth Mayday Festival is quite significant to the Plymouth LGBT Archive back in 2011 it was the first event we attended right at the start of the Pride in Our Past Project. We didn’t have much more than a few leaflets to hand out and our stall was quite stark. This year the Mayday festival […]

Case Study – Published on The National Archives Website

National Archives building Kew

The National Archives have published a case study on the creation of the Plymouth LGBT Archive – ‘Archiving the lives and histories of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community in Plymouth‘. The project resulted in a specific archive accession to represent the lives and histories of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community […]

Plymouth LGBT Archive – London – Exeter and Back to London for Performance Legacies Symposium

This is a particularly busy week for our Archive Co-ordinator Plymouth University Phd Student Alan Butler who on Wednesday 20th March, was invited to attended a round table discussion, at the Heritage Lottery Headquarters in London, concerning the future of funding for oral history projects around the United Kingdom.  The HLF were very  interested in […]

Sailors and Sweethearts

Until 16th March, The Drum theatre in Plymouth is playing host to a very special play.  Sailors and Sweethearts is a celebration of the work of local artist Beryl Cook, one of Britain’s best know painters whose paintings concerned themselves with “ordinary people enjoying themselves”. Many of those ordinary folks were inhabitants of the city […]

Plymouth LGBT Archive Newsletter Number 2 – Recollections of People and Places – LGBTHM2013

Newsletter 2 cover

Our second newsletter features recollections of people and places for LGBT History Month 2013. There are many things to reflect on during LGBT history month. We have a considerable amount to celebrate and yet so much more to achieve; especially when you look around the world. “Remember to spend time this month to think about those people who have and continue to help […]