Oral Histories

oral history logoA major aspect of the LGBT archive is the collection, archiving and sharing of oral history particularly from the older generation of the LGBT community that live,  have lived, or even visited Plymouth at some time in their lives.

The oral history interview, as a method of capturing history, has grown in use in recent years as a means to capture the stories and experiences of groups previously overlooked or excluded from mainstream history. This makes it a particularly suitable method for redressing the lack of LGBT experience currently held in traditional archives.

If you have a story to tell or if you would like to arrange an informal chat to find out how you can contribute to this archive – please Contact Us

We will share a selection of the memories and experiences captured on this page.

Oral History Collection No. 1 – The Lockyer Tavern

The Lockyer Tavern was home to one of Plymouth’s most enduring gay bars which gained a national reputation with the question “Do you know the Lockyer?” becoming a short hand way of establishing if people in other parts of the UK were gay when they mentioned a visit to Plymouth.  This video includes recollections of some of the people who knew it best.

Listen to the recorded histories and see some images of the Lockyer Tavern on YouTube:


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