The Project timeline has been brought up to date and is becoming more rigid now that we have confirmed dates for the ‘Pride in our Past’ exhibition that will be held between April 28th and June 30th 2012, at the City Museum and Art Gallery. Interviews for the project co-ordinator and researcher will take place […]

Each delve into Plymouth’s gay past brings a new insight

The old leather bound 1920’s court records are allowing us windows into an evocative & tragic past. We have uncovered the tale of two men, Francis & William, who are hauled before the local magistrate in early Aug. 1924 accused of committing an Act of Gross Indecency, they plead not guilty & the case is […]

Pride in Our Past will be at Pride Torbay 2011

I Love Pride Torbay I Hate Homophobia

Members of the Plymouth Pride Forum and the Pride in Our Past project will be at Pride Torbay this weekend. It will be our banners first outing at a pride festival, volunteers will be handing out leaflets and promoting the project across the bay. For more information about the fantastic diverse range of events being […]

Pride in Our Past volunteers at Archives from the Attic

Saturday 23rd July 2011 saw Pride in Our Past volunteers behind a stand in the Guildhall, as part of the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office’s special event, Archives from the Attic. People were encouraged to attend the day and share their stories as well as bringing documents and memorabilia for inclusion at the records […]

This weekend is a lively one for the Pride in Our Past team

To continue the 30s theme began at our launch event on the 1st July, 2011, we’re collaborating with Hawkins Meeting House to put on a very special showing of the iconic “Wizard of Oz”. . one of the most popular films of that decade and the beginning of Judy Garland’s rise to becoming a gay […]

Volunteers Learn about collecting Oral Histories

On Sat 25th June, volunteers from the Pride in Our Past project visited the Plymouth and West Devon Records office to learn more about the collection of oral histories from Plymouth’s LGBT community. Oral history is nothing more complicated than someone telling someone else your story and having it recorded for history. Traditional history seems […]

Joint Press Release from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Pride Forum

An award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) of £35000 is enabling the Plymouth Pride Forum to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in Plymouth, in collaboration with the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, and create an archive to access, frame and interpret this often unconsidered aspect of Plymouth’s history.

Pride in Our Past Media Launch 1st July 2011

We are pleased to announce that the ‘Pride in Our Past‘ project will be officially launched on Friday 1st July. Members of the Council, Plymouth MPs and journalist will shortly be receiving invitations to join us at the Barbican Theatre where we will host an evening with guest speakers and a little light entertainment. Numbers […]

Pride Forum Sponsors Phd Student

In connection with the PPF’s archive project, the forum are now also involved in the creation of a collaborative doctoral project in conjunction with the University of Plymouth.  The successful student will be working as part of the Theatre and Performing Arts department on a thesis entitled “Performing LGBT Pride in Plymouth 1950 – 2000”.  […]

Spirit of Discovery Tour

Plymouth’s past has long been associated with the Spirit of Discovery and, on June 18th, Pride in Plymouth and the Plymouth Pride Forum are giving you the chance to take part in a discovery tour of their own. With the commencement of Plymouth Pride Forum’s archive project, exploring Plymouth’s history has never been more relevant […]

Pride in Our Past – Mayday 2011

Pride in Our Past – Mayday 2011, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: The Plymouth Pride Forum stand at the Mayday rally organised by Plymouth Trades Council held at the Roland Levinsky Building (University of Plymouth) on Saturday 28th April 2011. This was our first public promotion of the Pride […]

Record Office Visit Update

All spaces have now been filed for the Visit to Plymouth and West Devon Records Office that will take place on 7th May. We are pleased with the interest shown so far and there will be more visits planned during the course of the project. There are many ways in which you can be part […]

Introduction from the Chair of PPF

Virginia Woolf once said: “Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded” Plymouth Pride Forum and the city of Plymouth have just been given a fantastic opportunity to record a part of its past that up, until now, has been overlooked. “I’m personally excited by the prospect of the ‘Pride in our Past’ project […]

Plymouth Archive Visit Sat 7th May

Following on from two introductory visits last year, the Plymouth and West Devon Records Office is again opening it’s doors to the Plymouth Pride Forum on Sat 7th May at 11am. With a number of new volunteers joining the project in the last few weeks, this visit allows for all those involved to immerse themselves […]

Alison Seabeck (MP) Congratulates the Forum

Alison Seabeck -MP for Plymouth Moor View House of Commons London SW1A 0AA 14th April 2011 Dear Mr Butler I was pleased to learn that the Plymouth Pride Forum have been able to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Plymouth’s LGBT community. I look forward to the exhibition next year and would be […]