Pride in Our Past News – Loads Going On to Create an Exhibition to be PROUD OF

Pride in Our Past – Exhibition We have attended a series of meetings with staff from the City Museum and Art Gallery where we have started to block the exhibition on paper.  This initial draft of how the exhibition may be laid out will give the exhibition working group a lot to consider over the […]

Pride in Our Past Events around the Project and Exhibition

As mentioned in our November News we intend to arrange and promote a series of events as part of the project that will complement the main exhibition in 2012. Ideas for some events have already been received from various people that we have met with. Plymouth Libraries, various departments of the university , the Barbican […]

Pride in Our Past “Walk Like a Man” Workshop with Joseph Mercier

Joseph Mercier’s arrival in Plymouth, for a performance of his Cruising Clubbing F**king show at the Barbican Theatre, was marked with a special workshop at the Barbican Theatre’s studio last night.  Nine men and one intrepid lady explored the ways in which men have met and seduced each other through the years. The exercises opened […]

Pride in Our Past November News

Pride in Our Past November update:

Pride in Our Past visits the City Registry Office – discovering some interesting facts

Civil partnerships will form a key feature of the Pride in our Past exhibition and archive, as we record the legal changes that has taken place in recent years, and the ‘unofficial’ ceremonies that took place long before the law changed. There is still some way to go before we have equality in marriage as […]

Cruising Clubbing, F**king – Theatre Workshop – 10th Nov

In connection with the dance event, Crusing, Clubbing, F**king, at the Barbican Theatre on Friday 11th November, Pride in Our Past has collaborated with creator, Joseph Mercier, to facilitate a special workshop which will consider how gay men have met and seduced each other from the 1960s until the present day.Being held at the Barbican […]

Pride in Our Past at the Plymouth Respect Festival 2011

The Pride in Our Past team were out in force, with the Plymouth Pride Forum, at Plymouth’s 13th Annual Respect Festival on Sunday 30th October. The event included live musical performances, stalls, workshops, information stands, food and many more activities.  Our stand gave us the opportunity to spread the word about the project to visitors […]

Let’s Put Some Colour in to The Archive

During the course of the Pride in Our Past project we are creating a series of postcards to help publicise the project. We will have a a great set by the time the Pride in Our Past exhibition opens at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery in April 2012.

Project Update 16th October 2011

Helen our project coordinator has had a busy week meeting most of the volunteers working on setting the record straight in Plymouth. Helen will catch up with those she missed over the next week or so. This has provided Helen with a good insight into the work done so far and will enable her to […]

Pride in Our Past Meets members of the Rainbow Experience in Plymouth

We were invited along to another meeting with Age Concern’s LGBT group, The Rainbow Experience, today at their new venue of Hawkins Meeting House.  This gave us the opportunity to discuss the project with people who are in a position to make a real contribution and they certainly intend to do just that.  A creative […]

Collaborative Phd Student takes up post

We are pleased to announce that Alan Butler officially started his research at the University of Plymouth today. The collaborative doctoral project is sponsored by Plymouth Pride Forum as part of the Pride in Our Past project, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Alan will be working as part of the […]

Working Groups making good progress on the Pride in Our Past Project

Each of our working groups have been making good progress over the last few weeks.  Our researchers in the Records Office have been uncovering some amazing stories of places and people in Plymouth’s history and some fascinating people have come forward to speak to our Oral History Group.  We’re beginning to collect some great interviews […]

Plymouth online LGBT Archive taking shape

Plymouth LGBT Archive screen capture

We have started to build the on-line aspect of the Plymouth LGBT archive at That brings together our collected data stored on services such as Flickr and Scribd into one central searchable resource. Feeds from both the archive and this news blog are combined and displayed on our main website that remains the best […]

Project Coordinator takes up post

The Pride in Our Past project moves into a new phase this week with it’s new coordinator, Dr Helen Phillips taking up her post.  Helen comes to us from her previous post as a research assistant with the Faculty of Health and Social Work at the University of Plymouth working on a project commissioned by […]

Continue to Make History – Boat Party 2011

On September 10th 1995 the Plymouth gay group called ‘All Fellas‘ organised a boat trip to Calstock the weather was wet and cold (sound familiar) but a good time was had by all. The Clarence Pub in its gay days also organised boat trips. This year we can continue to make history with ‘Rock Around […]