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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Looking ahead to LGBT History Month 2013 in Plymouth

Over the last several weeks, a great deal of cataloging work has been taking place with the Plymouth LGBT Archive since it was deposited at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. The physical collection can now been searched – either in person or online at http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/archivescatalogue – where it is held under the collection […]

Collaborative Phd Student takes up post

We are pleased to announce that Alan Butler officially started his research at the University of Plymouth today. The collaborative doctoral project is sponsored by Plymouth Pride Forum as part of the Pride in Our Past project, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Alan will be working as part of the […]

Working Groups making good progress on the Pride in Our Past Project

Each of our working groups have been making good progress over the last few weeks.  Our researchers in the Records Office have been uncovering some amazing stories of places and people in Plymouth’s history and some fascinating people have come forward to speak to our Oral History Group.  We’re beginning to collect some great interviews […]

Pride in Our Past volunteers at Archives from the Attic

Saturday 23rd July 2011 saw Pride in Our Past volunteers behind a stand in the Guildhall, as part of the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office’s special event, Archives from the Attic. People were encouraged to attend the day and share their stories as well as bringing documents and memorabilia for inclusion at the records […]

Volunteers Learn about collecting Oral Histories

On Sat 25th June, volunteers from the Pride in Our Past project visited the Plymouth and West Devon Records office to learn more about the collection of oral histories from Plymouth’s LGBT community. Oral history is nothing more complicated than someone telling someone else your story and having it recorded for history. Traditional history seems […]

Record Office Visit Update

All spaces have now been filed for the Visit to Plymouth and West Devon Records Office that will take place on 7th May. We are pleased with the interest shown so far and there will be more visits planned during the course of the project. There are many ways in which you can be part […]

Plymouth Archive Visit Sat 7th May

Following on from two introductory visits last year, the Plymouth and West Devon Records Office is again opening it’s doors to the Plymouth Pride Forum on Sat 7th May at 11am. With a number of new volunteers joining the project in the last few weeks, this visit allows for all those involved to immerse themselves […]


We will soon announce a further visit to the Plymouth and West Devon Records Office for all people who have volunteered or shown an interest since the visits last year. If you are interested in visiting the Records Office or volunteering to be part of one or more of the six working parties: (i) formation […]