As well as our publishing programme, we have successfully completed a major project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and we have also carried out a wide range of arts- and communications-based projects working with community groups. Here is a sample of some of our work:
We were successful in winning a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to conduct a two-year oral history project in Plymouth to record the memories of Plymouth residents of the terrible Blitz of World War Two. We worked with many voluntary groups within the city as well as partners such as the History Department at Plymouth University and the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, and over a period of two years we interviewed a wide range of men and women and subsequently transcribed all the interviews for inclusion in the book which is referenced on our Books page. The project brought us into contact with a wide range of truly remarkable people, many of whom were photographed by Plymouth photography CIC Fotonow.
For several years we had the pleasure of working collaboratively with Mark Doyle and his amazing team at Tribe magazine, an online arts magazine which published an extraordinary range of new photography, writing, art, music, fashion and politics. The magazine is no longer being published but you can access the archive here: Tribe Magazine. Mark worked with a fantastic team of volunteers from Plymouth University and around the world who produced and edited work of an international standard. If you’d like to hear more about the Tribe project and Mark’s current work, then do please contact us.
We worked with the Military Covenant in Plymouth to allocate small grants to families who wished to conduct projects to explore their families’ histories of World War One. This was part of a wide range of projects in Plymouth to commemorate the war and we worked closely with a number of Plymouth organisations such as the Museum, the University, Plymouth Council and local community groups such as Stonehouse Action. The project enabled families to discover often long-hidden memories of the involvement of their family members in the war and to put some of those memories into the context of exploring how today’s soldiers engage with their families while on duty.