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Alan Butler portrait

Alan Butler has recently completed his AHRC funded collaborative PhD called “Performing LGBT Pride in Plymouth 1950 -2012” with Plymouth University. The project has involved the formation of and a specific LGBT history accession for the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office which sits alongside the Plymouth LGBT Community Archive. The archive comprises of over forty five oral history interviews along with memorabilia pertaining to the performance of LGBT identity in the city over a sixty-year period. In 2012 the Plymouth LGBT Archive was awarded the “Most Inspirational” archive award by the Community Archive and Heritage Group and also informed the nine week “Pride in Our Past” exhibition in the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. Alan collected the award and highlighted his work with the archive at the CAHG awards. He has since been invited to become a member of their national committee and has spoken about his work with the archive at a number of national conferences, including the yearly LGBT archives conference at the London Metropolitan Archive, while, on a local level, taking the materials into schools and employers in the Plymouth area.