Case Study – Published on The National Archives Website

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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 in Plymouth which had been a previously somewhat overlooked area in terms of archive material. It involved a local LGBT community group and volunteers who were trained as oral historians to interview and capture the memories and recollections of this community.  Volunteers also collected memorabilia where appropriate and revisited materials already in the archive to establish any LGBT connections. All of these materials were displayed at an exhibition at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery in the summer of 2012 before being deposited with Plymouth and West Devon Record Office  (PWDRO).

The case study looks at partnership working, the challenges of the project, response to challenges,  the opportunities the project provided, the outcome, What went well, What didn’t go quite as well,and future development.

The full case study can be read here – http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/plymouth-west-devon-record-office.htm

The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. We incorporate the Office of Public Sector Information and Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. We also perform the Historical Manuscripts Commission’s functions in relation to private records.
As the government’s national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, we hold over 1,000 years of the nation’s records for everyone to discover and use.

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