About Pride in Our Past

The Pride in Our Past Project has been conceived by PPF  a community group formed to promote understanding and respect for LGBT people, and their communities, by increasing awareness of their needs as a result of working in partnership with statutory and voluntary services throughout the city. The idea to create an archive of the LGBT community’s memories and experiences was born through the realisation that some of the older members of the community had witnessed a change in attitudes during their lifetime that was unlikely to be repeated in history.

Friday 1st July 2011 marked the official launch of the “Pride in our Past” project and a large number of dignitaries and members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans community turned out to celebrate the event.

The atmosphere of the Pride in Our Past launch was warm and mellow. The ambience set by subtle lighting and the smooth sounds of jazz perfomed by Louise Parker accompanied by Neil Burns. A team of volunteers for the project kept the wine flowing and canapés circulating creating an evening to be proud of.

This vision has been supported by Plymouth City Council, who have committed to hosting an exhibition of the group’s findings in April 2012, the Plymouth and West Devon Records Office who are offering training / support,  the University of Plymouth who will be hosting our paid co-ordinator, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund who provided a £35000 grant to support the group’s work.

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