May 2015 Update

  This May (2015) has been an exciting month for Pride in Plymouth CIC . . . and the Plymouth LGBT Archive project, which it continues to support. On the 20th May, as part of Plymouth’s History Festival month, Alan Butler took a group of intrepid explorers on walk around the city centre to experience […]

Local Studies Day – Plymouth LGBT Archive at the 2014 History Festival

Plymouth History Festival 2014 logo

Today the Plymouth LGBT Mobile Archive was one of the exhibits at the Local Studies Day which is one of many events being held in the city as part of the  Plymouth History Festival 2014. The Local Studies Day event is organised by Plymouth City Council Libraries, Museums and Record Office, in partnership with Plymouth University, Peninsula […]

Brook Green Centre for Learning Visit

Brook Green Centre for Learning, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: On Thursday 14th November, Alan Butler visiting Brook Green Centre for Learning weighed down with a sizeable group of items from the Plymouth LGBT Archive. Fortunately, three of the young people he was there to visit met him at the door and help him […]

Plymouth Fairness Comission Listening Event

The work involved in the formation of Plymouth’s LGBT Archive, and the associated  Pride in Our Past exhibition, highlighted just how important it was for voices from all across the city’s LGBT community to be captured and shared. Next week, the Plymouth Fairness Commission wants to look to the city’s future by listening to as […]

Freshers Fair’s September 2013

Pride Volunteer Anna at PCA Freshers Fair 2013

Freshers Fairs September 2013, a set on Flickr. Via Flickr: On the 25th September 2013 both City College and Plymouth College of Art held their Freshers Fair’s. This presented us with a challenge having to divide, transport and set up the archive display across two sites in the city. Fortunately we have enough material and […]

Archives from the Attic on 25th May

Archives from the Attic 2013: The Way We Live Saturday 25 May, 10am to 4pm Portland Square Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA Come along to this event to find out more about your own old documents and photos. Experts from Plymouth City Council’s Record Office, the Friends of Devon Archives and the […]

Community Open House for Lord Mayor’s Day

Saturday 18th May marks Lord Mayor’s Day in Plymouth.  To celebrate this event, Plymouth University are playing host to Community Open House event involving many of the groups who are playing a part in the city’s History Festival this month. The Community Open House is a fun vibrant community event  which has taken place annually […]

Plymouth Mobile Archive will be on display at the Mayday Festival on May 4th Devonport Guildhall

Plymouth Mayday Festival May 4th

The Plymouth Mayday Festival is quite significant to the Plymouth LGBT Archive back in 2011 it was the first event we attended right at the start of the Pride in Our Past Project. We didn’t have much more than a few leaflets to hand out and our stall was quite stark. This year the Mayday festival […]

Case Study – Published on The National Archives Website

National Archives building Kew

The National Archives have published a case study on the creation of the Plymouth LGBT Archive – ‘Archiving the lives and histories of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community in Plymouth‘. The project resulted in a specific archive accession to represent the lives and histories of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community […]

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

Newsletter 2 cover

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 […]

LGBT History Month 2013

Plymouth LGBT Mobile Archive

A nice write up from The Herald newspaper here of our LGBT History month event on 18th February.  Thanks to everyone who came down to support and help . . . and a big thank you to Kevin Kelland for taking some wonderful pictures: http://http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/History-archive-helps-celebrate-Plymouth-s-LGBT/story-18255674-detail/story.html# More Pictures can be found on our Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com//photos/plymlgbtarchive/sets/72157632812050061/show/ […]

Oral Histories – Proud to Serve

Capture from the Proud to Serve video

The second of a series of oral histories that we are publishing throughout February 2013 (LGBT History Month) focuses on being gay in the armed services before the ban on gays serving was lifted in 2000. Martyn tells how much he loved his job as a chief in the Royal Navy, he joined at 17 […]

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 […]

LGBT History Month – Display and Film – Monday 18th Feb

Poster - Display LGBTHM 2013

On Monday 18th February 2013 the Plymouth LGBT Archive will have a display at the Rowland Levinsky Building (Plymouth University). Our co-ordinator will be on hand to answer questions, inform you about the ongoing work of the archive and the future. Pop along between 10am and 7pm  to discover some of the histories we have […]