Pride in our Past

An award winning project working in partnership with the Plymouth Pride Forum to record the history of the LGBT community in Plymouth funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Pride in our Past project aimed to create an archive of the LGBT community’s memories and experiences and it was created through the realisation that some of the older members of the community had witnessed a change in attitudes during their lifetime that was unlikely to be repeated in history. A qualified researcher/co-ordinator was appointed and a PhD student also worked on the project for three years.

Key aims

  • Photograph showing a man crossing a road towards the photographer, holding a card reading: Pride In Our Past 2012. In the background a group of people are carrying a rainbow flag. A big screen in the background is displaying a painting of a bar scene.Created a permanent static and virtual archive of LGBT life within the city.
  • Recorded and compiled the memories of older members of the LGBT communities.
  • Researched the history of LGBT life within the city.
  • Recruited and trained members of the LGBT community to act as oral historians.
  • Held an exhibition of LGBT Plymouth based on the project activity from 28 April to 30 June 2012 at the Plymouth City Museum and Gallery
  • Promoted intergenerational learning in terms of schools and other youth groups.


At its annual conference on 27 June 2012, the Community Archives and Heritage Group awarded the Pride in our Past project their ‘Most Inspirational’ award. The judges praised the way the project had ‘gathered the voices of and given a voice to often-ignored communities’.

For more information on the award see the Community Archives Awards and the Archives and Records Association websites.

Further information

For further information visit the following websites:

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