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Maker Memories

Maker Memories is a volunteer led community project designed to capture the rich and diverse heritage of Maker Camp on the Rame Peninsula. The project is being led by volunteers from Maker and Rame Community Interest Company in partnership with and supported by the Plymouth History Centre.

The project is collecting the many and varied stories and social history of Maker Camp, which has undergone a number of uses over the past 200 years. The primary focus of the project is capturing the rich and diverse stories of Maker that exist in living memory. These include stories of attending Maker Camp as a child for a school holiday – this scheme was originally set up by Nancy Astor and the Virginia House Settlement in the 1920s for ‘deprived city children’ and continued through to the early 1980s, resulting in thousands of children (mainly from Plymouth) having their first, and sometimes only childhood holiday at Maker.

More recent history includes the stories of hundreds of musicians who have played at the venue, thousands of festivalgoers (with an annual music festival starting in 1999), and large numbers of artists who have had studios at the camp. The camp has also hosted thousands of holidaymakers through its use as a campsite. Maker Camp holds many special memories for its visitors, not least for the scores of people who have used the camp as the venue for their wedding.

Capturing History


Photo’s From the Camp

Photographic Archive

Film & Video

Moving Picture Archive

Oral History

Oral History Archive

News Articles

Document Archive

Projects and Publicity

Document Archive

Help us keep the rich and diverse history of Maker alive, contact us…

Offending Photos & Videos or Digital Rights Issues?

If anybody has a problem with a photograph or video used within the project please contact us by email and will discuss it with you.

News & Events

We will be hosting a number of events throughout the year, keep checking for details and follow us on social media

  • Oct 8th and Nov 27th 2018

    Maker Memories on Tour Exhibition, The Orangery

    Maker Memories on Tour Exhibition The Orangery, Mount Edgcumbe Oct 8th and Nov 27th 2018

  • September to October 5th 2018

    Maker Memories on Tour Exhibition, Devonport Library

    Don’t worry if you missed our touring exhibition at House of Frazer, you can see it at the Devonport Library unitl October 5th.

  • April 16th - September 30th 2018

    Maker Memories on Tour Exhibition, The Box

    Maker Memories on Tour Exhibition April 16th - September 30th 2018 at The Box Community Hub, House of Fraser, Plymouth

  • April 1st 2018

    Opening of the Maker Memories on Tour Exhibition!

    The Maker Memories team would like to invite you to the opening of our exhibition on Sunday 1st April at 1pm. It will be held in the newly refurbished Maker with Rame CIC Nissen Hut at Maker Camp.

  • January 22nd 2018

    Celebrating and Developing Community Engagement

    Come and see Maker Memories poster presentation at Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth PL1 4EL. 11am-3.00pm

  • December 16th 2017

    Maker Memories Coffee Morning

    The Institute, Kingsand. 10am-12pm

  • May 17th 2017

    A Journey to Rural Nostalgia

    Plymouth University Media Arts students host the recreation and modernisation of Maker’s history.
    Plymouth City Centre Piazza. 11am-3.00pm

  • 6 May to 4 June 2017

    Programme for 2017 History Festival goes live

    This is the fifth year in a row that the month long celebration of Plymouth’s heritage has taken place and details are now live at

  • March 25th 2017

    Maker Memories Tea Party

    Maker-with-Rame CiC would like to invite you to an old fashioned tea dance. This event is made possible by a generous donation from the Cornwall Council Community Chest of Councillor George Trubody.

  • January 26th 2017

    Maker Memories Memory Roadshow Special

    Maker Memories Memory Roadshow Special – Central Library, Plymouth. 11am-1.00pm

Contact Us

Please contact us to see how you can get involved and how we can help you digitize your photos and film