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Hello and welcome to the first edition of the Friends of the Plymouth LGBT Archive
Hello and welcome to the first edition of the Friends of the Plymouth LGBT Archive
Hello and welcome
to the first edition of the Friends of the
Plymouth LGBT Archive newsletter
If you’re an old friend of the archive,
who has contributed in someway
to the Pride in Our Past project
(which gave birth to this archive and
the associated exhibition at the city
museum) then much of this will be
old news to you but, if you’re a new
friend, then here is a little of the
history that brought us to this point.
legislation had been introduced.
Hopefully no generation would ever
witness such a time of change again
and we felt it was incredibly important
to capture some of the lived experience
within the archives.
The seed for this archive was sown
a couple of years back from a
conversation between Plymouth’s
local LGBT community group, the
Plymouth Pride Forum and Tony
Davey, the Plymouth and West Devon
Record Office’s Learning Officer
pointing out the traditional archives
didn’t contain much to reflect the
actual lived experiences of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual people.
Very little was recorded under these
parameters and what was there was
concerned with criminality and mental
disease. Anyone of this persuasion had
to be both mad or bad it seemed and
the limited information held in the
archives only backed that up.
For historians in recent years, the
collection of Oral History interviews
has been a means of considering voices
that were previously overlooked by
history and so, in this way, we could
document the recollections of a
previously silent group of people
before they were lost forever. With
support from the Heritage Lottery
Fund, we have spent the last year
creating an archive which then informed
the Pride in Our Past exhibition at the
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
from 28th April to 30th June 2012.
Since then, the archive has moved to
its permanent home at the Plymouth
and West Devon Records office.
At the same time, the forum had
members in their seventies and
eighties who had seen incredible
transition in their lifetime from a
time when a gay lifestyle was illegal
to a point where civil partnership

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Most

Inspirational

Community

Archive

In June 2012 Alan Butler, Tony Davey and Mark Ayres all travelled to London to collect the Community and Archives and Heritage Group’s award for Most Inspirational Community Archive in their first national awards.

‘The visible part of this project was to capture information, artefacts and memories’, said Alan. ‘But the project’s impact has been all about people and all about pride. Pride in Our Past has allowed many to reclaim their own past in its entirety and celebrate it. We’re delighted to be honoured with this national award.’

The award was later presented again to a group of the volunteers at the Pride in the Park event and also by the Plymouth City Mayor to Nicola Moyle, City Curator, in a full council meeting.

Pride in the Park event and also by the Plymouth City Mayor to Nicola Moyle ,
Newsletter The Pride in Our Past Exhibition The Pride in Our Past Exhibition opened on

Newsletter

The Pride in Our Past Exhibition
The Pride in Our Past Exhibition

The Pride in Our Past Exhibition opened on April 28 2012 and ran for nine weeks at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery until 30 July 2012.

The exhibition was our primary means to make available to the public historical, cultural, and artistic materials related to the lesbian, gay bisexual and trans communities in Plymouth.

The thought-provoking exhibition was based on new research into the City’s LGBT communities and included personal stories, objects, photographs and more. It spanned three centuries and captured the heart of the changing ‘scene’ over the decades, as well as the political struggle both past and present.

A private view took place on May 4 2012 and was well

attended by members of the community who had participated

in the project and also Hilary Bracegirdle who attended on

behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund. A series of talks and workshops took place during the run of the exhibition including visits by comedienne Clare Summerskill and Hannah Silva. A closing party on June 22 2012 celebrated a very successful run that had been viewed by 10354 visitors.

Pride in the Park On Saturday 28th July, Gay Pride returned to the city of

Pride in the Park

On Saturday 28th July, Gay Pride returned to the city of Plymouth with its first proper out door pride festival, taking place in the restored Devonport Park.

The new Heritage Lottery Funded ornate bandstand provided the main stage and central focal point for over six hours of free live entertainment.

The Friends of Devonport Park kindly provided much of the infrastructure required to facilitate the event, and the remainder was supplied by volunteers working with community networking group Pride in Plymouth.

working with community networking group Pride in Plymouth . The Pride in Our Past project was

The Pride in Our Past project was strongly represented at the event when they teamed up with the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office to provide a local history tent and also the Community Archives and Heritage Group’s award for the Most Inspirational Archive 2011 was formally presented to volunteers who had been involved in making the project such a success.

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