Plymouth LGBT Archive – London – Exeter and Back to London for Performance Legacies Symposium

This is a particularly busy week for our Archive Co-ordinator Plymouth University Phd Student Alan Butler who on Wednesday 20th March, was invited to attended a round table discussion, at the Heritage Lottery Headquarters in London, concerning the future of funding for oral history projects around the United Kingdom.  The HLF were very  interested in […]

Plymouth LGBT Archive recognised as UK’s Most Inspirational Community Archive 2012

Plymouth LGBT Archive - Most Inspirational Community Archive

Pride in Our Past has won a prestigious national award from the Community Archive and Heritage Group it was announced at the Sixth CAHG Annual Conference held on 27th June 2012  that Pride in Our Past has won in the the Most Inspirational Community Archive category. There were 63 submissions to the Community Archive and Heritage Group […]

Out Youth Plymouth – Pride in Our Past Exhibition

Out Youth Plymouth, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: The Pride in Our Past project was able to use some of its Heritage Lottery grant for youth engagement. Out Youth the support and social group in Plymouth for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people and people questioning their sexuality or gender identity (LGBTQ), leapt at […]

ALLFELLAS – Gay Social Group Poster 1990’s

ALLFELLAS was a gay social group that met on Wednesdays and organised various social events for gay men in Plymouth through the early 1990’s. This is a hand crafted poster promoting the group. Related links: Allfellas newsletter summer 1994 Allfellas newsletter Autumn 1995

Robert Gould Shaw III Nancy Astor’s Son

Charcoal drawing by John Singer Sargent - Robert Gould Shaw III

In the summer of 1931 Bobbie Shaw, the son of Lady Nancy Astor, ex Guardsman, champion steeplechaser and heavy drinker was arrested for ‘a homosexual act’. The arrest came just a week before Lady Nancy and Lord Waldorf Astor were due to take a diplomatic trip to Russia with George Bernard Shaw. It is reputed that the police told the Astors […]

Site of the Lockyer Tavern Plymouth

Site of the Lockyer Tavern Plymouth, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: All that’s left of the famous Lockyer Tavern, it’s ‘Back Bar’ was a meeting place for the gay community of Plymouth throughout the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s. Long demolished, it’s now the garden of the Bank Pub and […]


Plymouth-Borough-Prison-Greenbank, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: Many of the convictions for homosexual offences we have discovered led to a stint in the Plymouth Borough Prison at Greenbank. It was completed in April 1849 and designed in the style of the famous Pentonville Prison. It had 60 cells, with a […]

Cathrine St Plymouth

cathrine-st-plymouth, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: 24 year old Henry who was brought to trial over Christmas 1925 for ‘importuning and soliciting men for immoral purposes’ and whose New Year brought with it six months hard labour! ‘Cruising’ streets, parks or urinals was criminalised as the offence of ‘importuning’ […]