School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Alan graduated from Marjon in 2002 and is now programme lead for a new MA Archives and Collections course, in addition to being a co-director of Pride in Plymouth CIC and a community engagement officer at The Box.
In 2016 he completed an AHRC funded collaborative PhD called “Performing LGBT Pride in Plymouth 1950 -2012” with the University of Plymouth. The project involved the formation of a specific LGBT history accession for the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (now The Box) which currently sits alongside the Pride in Plymouth’s Community Archive. This archive currently comprises around 100 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, which he now chairs, as well as being an trustee of the Oral History Society and the chair of their LGBTQ Special Interest Group.
Display and Interpretation