Sailors and Sweethearts

Until 16th March, The Drum theatre in Plymouth is playing host to a very special play.  Sailors and Sweethearts is a celebration of the work of local artist Beryl Cook, one of Britain’s best know painters whose paintings concerned themselves with “ordinary people enjoying themselves”. Many of those ordinary folks were inhabitants of the city […]

Plymouth LGBT Archive Newsletter Number 2 – Recollections of People and Places – LGBTHM2013

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Our second newsletter features recollections of people and places for LGBT History Month 2013. There are many things to reflect on during LGBT history month. We have a considerable amount to celebrate and yet so much more to achieve; especially when you look around the world. “Remember to spend time this month to think about those people who have and continue to help […]

Oral Histories – Memories of the Lockyer Tavern

The Lockyer Tavern Plymouth 1960

Through LGBT History Month 2013 we are sharing a selection of oral histories collected through the Heritage Lottery funded Pride in Our Past Project. Our first release focuses on the ‘Locker Tavern‘ where Mavis a barmaid tells her story along with customers Peter, Kevin and Ted. The oral history interview, as a method of capturing history, has grown in use […]

The Lockyer Hotel – Tavern

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The Lockyer Tavern began its life as the home of Plymouth surgeon, Sir George Magrath. It was known as George House on the junction of Lockyer Street and George Place. Sir George was at one time Surgeon of the Victory, flagship of Lord Nelson. He was also a medical officer at Dartmoor Prison and later, Inspector of Hospitals. In his later […]

Plymouth Gay couple celebrate 50 years together – Sept 2010

Proud Paul Pollard and boyfriend Ted Spring have celebrated their 50th anniversary together. Dedicated Paul, 72, met Ted, 73, in a club half a century ago and the devoted couple say it was ”love at first sight”. Paul was a 22-year-old chef at the time and Ted was then an Able Seaman on shore leave […]

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 […]