Pride in Our Past Creative Writing Group 16th June 2012

pride-in-our-past-creative-writing-group, a photo by Pride in Our Past on Flickr. Via Flickr: A group of people working at the Pride in Our Past creative writing workshop hosted by Plymouth Artist in Residence Hannah Silva. We are looking forward to receiving the results of their labours for inclusion in the Plymouth LGBT history archive. https://plymlgbtarchive.org.uk/

Hannah Silva – Creative Writing Workshop 16th June 2012

Hannah Silva – Creative Writing Workshop 16th June 2012, a set on Flickr. As part of the Pride in Our Past project we invited Hannah Silva Plymouth’s Artist in Residence to host a one day creative writing workshop. The workshop allowed people to use the personal stories, objects and photographs in the Pride in Our […]

Murder in the Park

Photo - Police removing the body of Terry Sweet.

The LGBT community has always been subjected to hate crime. In1990 the direct action group OutRage’ was set up by Peter Tatchell after the actor, Michael Boothe was murdered in West London. In Plymouth just after midnight on Tuesday 7 November 1995 the bodies of two men were found lying 200 yards apart in Central Park. One of the men Terry […]

Don’t Die of Ignorance

“The 80’s were a particularly bad time to be gay because of HIV/AIDS and because a number of newspapers would have headlines about, you know, sending all gay people to camps and so on”….. You know there were outbursts like that and, you know, you could feel horribly insecure. And, no, it was very, very unpleasant. It was a very […]

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 […]

Sub Culture Plymouth

In Plymouth, the Lockyers Tavern continued to thrive and the local gay community continued to be “quietly” gay within their spaces. However, events both at home and abroad were taking place that would affect the city’s LGBT community. Members of this community were also a big part for the instigation of the Stonewall Riots in New York in […]

Going Underground

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Plymouth’s Old Palace Theatre – home in the late 1960s to the Pussycat Club which was managed by one the city’s longest standing gay couples Paul Pollard and Ted Spring. The Palace Theatre became the Dance Academy in 1980’s and hosted ‘BOLTS’ a weekly gay night held on a Monday. In 1956, Section 13 of […]

In His True Element

In May 1936, the Western Morning news reported the story of Mark Weston, a thirty year old Oreston resident who, having always been raised as a woman, was now “in his true element” after two operations to correct his gender to male. In the words of Mr. L. R. Broster, the Harley Street surgeon who […]

FREE Creative Writing Workshop with the City’s ‘Artist in Residence’ Hannah Silva – 16th June

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: WRITING IN THE LGBT CITY WITH HANNAH SILVA Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Saturday 16 June, 10am to 4pm Join us with Plymouth’s ‘Artist in Residence’ for a one-day creative writing workshop in response to the ‘Pride in our Past’ exhibition. You will use the personal stories, objects and photographs in […]

Jubilee Joy at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Saturday 2nd June

Jubilee Joy Saturday 2 June, 11am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 2.30pm Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ Make crowns and bunting this Saturday in preparation for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Why not come along to one of the 60-minute creative sessions and join in the fun? Admission is […]

Lesbian Laughs at City Museum

On Friday 11th May Clare Summerskill gave a talk and comedy performance at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Pride in Our Past project, supporting the Pride in Our Past exhibition. Clare gave a very inspirational and educational talk about her work in the field of collecting oral histories from older […]

Pride in Our Past will be at PRIDE in the PARK on 28th July

Pride in the Park - Pride in Plymouth logo

Over the last twelve months, our fellow Heritage Lottery Funded community group the ‘Friends of Devonport Park’ have received various HLF grants to restore the park and make other improvements. One of their more ambitious projects is the new ornate bandstand which replaces the Victorian original. In connection with this, the friends have been keen to arrange as […]

Pride in Our Past Exhibition Exciting News

Lady Nancy Astor, Plymouth Hoe ,1941

The narrative for the exhibition has been finalised and work has started on building the panels and exhibit pieces. Throughout the exhibition there will be listening post to hear snippets of oral histories relevant to the theme. In addition to the local histories, memories and memorabilia collected  we can announce that there will be some […]

A selection of photos entered in our photography competition

We have published a selection of photos that was entered in the Pride in Our Past photography competition. Best Viewed in full screen mode. View on Scribd  

Pride in Our Past enter Community Archive Awards

We have submitted entries for the Community Archive Awards providing details about our fantastic project and the creation of a permanent physical and on-line LGBT history archive for the city of Plymouth. In support of our entry Professor Roberta Mock (Plymouth University) provided the following statement: “The Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research […]