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Tune in to the Brent 2020 Culture show on The Beat London 103.6 FM tonight from 7pm to find out more about Grown up in B...
16/11/2020

Tune in to the Brent 2020 Culture show on The Beat London 103.6 FM tonight from 7pm to find out more about Grown up in Brent, hear some of the amazing stories we've heard so far and find out how you can get involved!

Tonight from 7pm, we'll be chatting to The Beat London 103.6 FM about Grown up in Brent! We're going to be sharing some of the amazing memories we've heard so far and giving the low down on how you can get involved!

Tune in at: http://thebeat1036.com

Grown up in Brent is part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture!

16/11/2020

With the ongoing lockdown, we've been working on new ways to support the Museum of Youth Culture and we're super excited to announce the launch of our new Museum online shop 🔥🔥

From iconic posters to exclusive clothing and collaborations you can own or gift a piece of British history whilst helping build the museum!

Shop now at: shop.museumofyouthculture.com

What we all wish we were doing tonight ⚡️⚡️ Brilliant photographs sent in by Johnny from his nights out in the 70s.
13/11/2020

What we all wish we were doing tonight ⚡️⚡️ Brilliant photographs sent in by Johnny from his nights out in the 70s.

Do you live in the Docks? What are your memories of being a teenager? Your first job, going dancing on the weekend, hang...
13/11/2020

Do you live in the Docks? What are your memories of being a teenager? Your first job, going dancing on the weekend, hanging out with mates - we want to hear your stories and see your photographs.

Next Wednesday we'll be running an online social on Facebook Live with Heritage Newham - People, Places, Progress. Find out more about the project, how you can get involved and share your memories of being young!

Sent in by Simon from his youth club in Norwich in 1980, this was the first public submission we received. When we launc...
12/11/2020

Sent in by Simon from his youth club in Norwich in 1980, this was the first public submission we received.

When we launched our campaign at the beginning of last year, we couldn't anticipate the stories we'd hear and the photographs we'd be sent - from family holidays to ride outs, awkward school photos to Saturday nights out!

You can dig through some of the amazing Grown up in Britain submissions here: https://bit.ly/3iOmwJV

Getting into the dance vibes 🔥 Brilliant photographs from Asian Underground night Swaraj at the Blue Note, submitted by ...
11/11/2020

Getting into the dance vibes 🔥 Brilliant photographs from Asian Underground night Swaraj at the Blue Note, submitted by Ajay who put on the night and produced the album that kickstarted it!

Collected by Mira as part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund project Setting the Record Straight.

'There was a real sense of community there. My parents were Irish immigrants, so a lot of social live was based around t...
09/11/2020

'There was a real sense of community there. My parents were Irish immigrants, so a lot of social live was based around the church as well. The churches used to have social clubs attached to them - they were very much Irish-centric if you like. So Friday, Saturday nights in those social clubs it would be Irish music on from touring bands.'

This is a snippet from an interview with John, who talked about growing up in Kilburn. The photographs were taken outside Carlton House where he lived with his family.

Did you grow up in Brent? We would love to hear from you for Grown up in Brent, part of Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture.

Happy Bonfire Night 🔥🔥 We are loving these two flyers from the PhatMedia Archive, from the crazy illustration of the Ple...
05/11/2020

Happy Bonfire Night 🔥🔥 We are loving these two flyers from the PhatMedia Archive, from the crazy illustration of the Pleasuredome '94 flyer to the DIY vibe of the '93 The Full Monty & Devil May Care flyer.

'... back in Nineteen Eighty Hate'We're feeling Angie's mood right now!
05/11/2020

'... back in Nineteen Eighty Hate'

We're feeling Angie's mood right now!

Did you know we have some self-service scanning booths? 💘💘 Yvonne scanned these two photographs with the the DIY Scannin...
04/11/2020

Did you know we have some self-service scanning booths? 💘💘 Yvonne scanned these two photographs with the the DIY Scanning Booth set up in Fred Perry Nottingham. They were both shot at weekenders in the early 80s.

We're looking forward to reopening post-lockdown and seeing what else we get through!

On this day in 1994 the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act passed on the third reading. Criminalising raves and free ...
03/11/2020

On this day in 1994 the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act passed on the third reading.

Criminalising raves and free parties, it included clauses such as Section 63 which characterised music as ‘sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats'.

Throughout the year thousands took to the streets across the UK to protest the act, sound systems leading the way.

These photographs were submitted by Ian McGeough from one of the London protests. Did you go to any?

“When I was 16 I just left school, went to college in Nottingham and just felt such a sense of belonging. There were loa...
02/11/2020

“When I was 16 I just left school, went to college in Nottingham and just felt such a sense of belonging. There were loads of black people around me, loads of Asian people, you know just really diverse. I just felt like coming home if you like. And then I left home quite soon after that, I think while I was 16 I left home, and it was all about getting away from Selston, getting away from the countryside”

We love this little snippet from an oral history interview with Amanda, recorded by Sonia Long as part of our Setting the Record Straight project, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Share your stories at: museumofyouthculture.com/submit

Let's be honest, Halloween is the best holiday of the year 🎃👻 Are you dressing up this weekend? Here are some costume id...
30/10/2020

Let's be honest, Halloween is the best holiday of the year 🎃👻 Are you dressing up this weekend?

Here are some costume ideas courtesy of Rachel, Deborah, Tina and Danielle.

How's everyone's half term going? 🍂 We couldn't find any half term specific photos, so we've dug out some brilliant scho...
29/10/2020

How's everyone's half term going? 🍂 We couldn't find any half term specific photos, so we've dug out some brilliant school trips - mostly to France!

Did you ever go abroad with school?

Submissions by Ed, Sharon, Sharon, Jason and Liz. Share yours at museumofyouthculture.com/submit

We love these images of Gill and her first husband Del swinging their way through the sixties! ⚡️ Sent in by Gill and St...
27/10/2020

We love these images of Gill and her first husband Del swinging their way through the sixties! ⚡️ Sent in by Gill and Stuart.

‘We were on holiday during the 1966 World Cup, so spent a lot of the time in the TV room watching the England games. Eng...
22/10/2020

‘We were on holiday during the 1966 World Cup, so spent a lot of the time in the TV room watching the England games. England got to the final which was to be played on the day we returned home, so there was a mad rush to get back to London for the kick off.’

Michael shared this story of being on holiday at Pontis in Great Yarmouth.

Where did you go on holiday with your family when you were younger? Would you go camping or head to a seaside down - or did you not get an opportunity to go on holiday?

Share your story and photographs at museumofyouthculture.com/submit

'My Levi jacket on with the badges on, and on the back I had Boy printed on it. I was a little bit different to your lad...
19/10/2020

'My Levi jacket on with the badges on, and on the back I had Boy printed on it. I was a little bit different to your lads, although they were all very smart and into fashion trends, I kinda just created me own’

What was your style as a teen? 💘 We love this quote from Boy Chana, part of an oral history and set of photographs collected by our outreach champion Jez.

Do you still have any of your old ticket stubs? 💘 Linda shared with us her scrapbook from the first time she saw her fav...
16/10/2020

Do you still have any of your old ticket stubs? 💘

Linda shared with us her scrapbook from the first time she saw her favourite artist, David Bowie, live at the Odeon Hammersmith in 1973. Other ticket stubs from Ian, Richard and Alan.

Its an important time to remember some of our favourite gigs, and the network of independent venues that underpins it. Although many have received some government funding now, many live music venues are still under threat and now is the time to support them and see how we can help out! #SaveOurVenues

On these cold autumnal days we're dreaming of being in the pub with our mates 🍂 What was your local when you were younge...
15/10/2020

On these cold autumnal days we're dreaming of being in the pub with our mates 🍂 What was your local when you were younger?

Submissions from Ian, Bob, Kevin, Anita and Dave.

Share your stories at: museumofyouthculture.com/submit

We’re incredibly grateful to have received a grant through the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, which will enable us t...
09/10/2020

We’re incredibly grateful to have received a grant through the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, which will enable us to continue collecting stories of growing up in Britain and work towards opening the Museum of Youth Culture, championing youth as an important part of our heritage! #HereForCulture

Its that time of the month where we round up some of our favourite recent photo booth submissions 🔥🔥We like to refer to ...
08/10/2020

Its that time of the month where we round up some of our favourite recent photo booth submissions 🔥🔥

We like to refer to them as the pre-digital selfie and personally its my mission to do an exhibition featuring exclusively photo booth photos!

These were sent in by Phil, Fran, Ian, Leslee and Adina.

Submit yours at: museumofyouthculture.com/submit.

What do you remember most from being at school? 🤓 From first days to last days, awkward school photos and trips abroad, ...
07/10/2020

What do you remember most from being at school? 🤓

From first days to last days, awkward school photos and trips abroad, we've had plenty of school related submissions.

Submissions from Angie, Edward, Sarah, Sharon and Jayne.

Do you remember the first gig you went to? 💘 So often when people send through their memories of being young, we hear st...
01/10/2020

Do you remember the first gig you went to? 💘 So often when people send through their memories of being young, we hear stories of teen bands, backroom gigs and sweaty club nights.

Having been left out of the winter economic plan and unable to open, the live events industry is in a dire state, from grassroots live music to clubs and theatre! We need to shout out about how important these spaces are and urge the government to provide support. #WeMakeEvents

Photographs submitted by Steve, Jane, Martin and Andy.

Were you a girl guide or boy scout when you were younger? We love these photographs submitted by Julia from a guide camp...
30/09/2020

Were you a girl guide or boy scout when you were younger?

We love these photographs submitted by Julia from a guide camp she went to at Blackland Farm in 1963.

Collected as part of Grown Up In Clacton, with support from Arts Council England.

Support your local youth club 👏 Alongside the amazing submissions we get from the public, we also work with youth and co...
29/09/2020

Support your local youth club 👏 Alongside the amazing submissions we get from the public, we also work with youth and community organisations to digitise and preserve their story, and champion their important role!

Last year we scanned the archive of the Caxton Youth Organisation, from running a Mod club in the 60s, to their work today providing a safe space for young people with disabilities.

Photos scanned with the support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

28/09/2020

'We're the wannabe punks! It was summer holiday 1981, we were 15 years old and were filmed on cine camera miming to Pretty Vacant. None of us had any musical ability but named ourselves The Symptoms and finally The Brixton Rejex. Our make-believe band never went any further than the back garden…'

Although we shout out a lot about photographs, we're also slowly building up a collection of amazing home footage - like this brilliant clip from John, shot in High Wycombe in the '81!

Do you have footage, drop us a message at [email protected]clubarchive.com

Friday nights are for dancing 🔥🔥 Sian and Dean contributed an amazing set of photographs and ephemera from the 80s Midla...
25/09/2020

Friday nights are for dancing 🔥🔥 Sian and Dean contributed an amazing set of photographs and ephemera from the 80s Midlands Northern Soul and Scooter scene!

Collected and digitised with the help of Calum O'Keefe.

'This was taken one day in the mid 80's - '85 or '86, when we were about 15 and there was a series of teachers' strikes....
24/09/2020

'This was taken one day in the mid 80's - '85 or '86, when we were about 15 and there was a series of teachers' strikes. We often had the day off when school was closed. We would usually spend the day at a friend's place eating toast, or in the park. This day, me and some mates went up to Central London to a teachers' demonstration to support the strike and just generally mess about. I'm not sure who took the photograph or how I got a copy of it later.'

Did you go to any protests or demonstrations when you were younger? Melissa sent in this story of the teacher's strikes in the mid 80s!

Share your photographs and stories at: museumofyouthculture.com/submit

Today is #bivisibilityday 🏳️‍🌈 These are some brilliant zines by Bi History collected by El as part of Setting the Recor...
23/09/2020

Today is #bivisibilityday 🏳️‍🌈

These are some brilliant zines by Bi History collected by El as part of Setting the Record Straight, a project working to tell untold histories in the archive, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Central to our Grown Up In Britain campaign is working with people across generations to celebrate youth culture. We reg...
22/09/2020

Central to our Grown Up In Britain campaign is working with people across generations to celebrate youth culture. We regularly run sessions in care homes, using the archive, music and video as starting points for discussions around being young.

Just before lockdown kicked in, we met Rose in a care home in Thamesmead. She told us of her experiences growing up in Nigeria and moving to London in her early 20s to work as a nurse. We especially love this first photo of Rose in her bedroom listening to records on her Dansette - she reckons it would’ve probably been a Bob Marley record, her favourite musician growing up.

Monday feeling 😴😴 Definitely feeling these sleepy submissions, sent in by Heidi, Rosalie and Rich! Share your photograph...
21/09/2020

Monday feeling 😴😴 Definitely feeling these sleepy submissions, sent in by Heidi, Rosalie and Rich!

Share your photographs and stories at museumofyouthculture.com/submit

The Numanoids are coming ⚡️⚡️ We're loving these photographs from Anthony and Gary of the Gary Numan fans of the 80s, fr...
18/09/2020

The Numanoids are coming ⚡️⚡️ We're loving these photographs from Anthony and Gary of the Gary Numan fans of the 80s, from going to gigs to Gary Numan Discos!

‘My sis Viki and myself are massive soul fans, our favourite being Northern Soul which back in the 80s went back undergr...
17/09/2020

‘My sis Viki and myself are massive soul fans, our favourite being Northern Soul which back in the 80s went back underground after the closure of Wigan Casino, a club that I myself had gone too on occasions. My sis started coming out with me to various all-nighters around the country and this is a picture of us at Rugby train station after the all-nighter at Stafford around 84.’

Did you go out with your sister?

We’re loving this story from Idell! We also heard from Catherine of coming to London with her sister to see bands and Nettie’s tales of the Punk scene she frequented with her sister Leda.

"Taken in the living room of my student house in Sheffield whilst studying Fine Art. Krista on the left and me on the ri...
16/09/2020

"Taken in the living room of my student house in Sheffield whilst studying Fine Art. Krista on the left and me on the right. We worshipped Babes in Toyland, Hole and Bikini Kill."

We're loving these 90s Riot Grrrl vibes courtesy of Hannah!

We haven't had many 90s photographs and stories through; share yours at museumofyouthculture.com/submit

Its definitely the end of the festival season now and we’re gutted about all the festivals we didn’t get to go to this y...
15/09/2020

Its definitely the end of the festival season now and we’re gutted about all the festivals we didn’t get to go to this year!

We’ve had some lovely festival submissions over the summer though, from big ones like Glastonbury and Monsters of Rock to small ones like Valley Aid!

Submissions by Rhian, Edward, Carolynne, Anna and Steven.

Share your festival stories at museumofyouthculture.com/submit

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Celebrating 100 years of young people.

A new museum to house your stories of youth. Honestly, authentically, without fuss. A museum you can join today. Help us launch our first inaugural exhibition in 2019.

Originally formed from the archives of London based club culture and lifestyle magazine Sleazenation, the Museum of Youth Culture has been quietly collecting photographs, clothing and ephemera documenting our rich youth culture movements, scenes, fashions and nightlife over the last 22 years.

The archive brings together over 100,000 precious photographs, slides and objects celebrating the diversity and boldness of youth culture movements in the UK from the birth of the teenager in post-war Britain to the modern Grime scene of East London. It's now time to share this collection with the world.

Since 2015 the Museum of Youth Culture has evolved from a small youth culture photo archive into a fully fledged heritage team of youth culture specialists, working together to reinvent the modern museum for the purpose of preserving, sharing and celebrating youth culture history. The Museum is a response to an increasing public demand for a central go-to hub for the celebration and preservation of British youth culture including music, fashion and social movements.

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New Year’s Eve. 1982. Leeds. Tiffany’s/ Bali Hai nightclub. A great club full of New Romantic music. Me on the far right with my Telekon/Numan belts aged just 18. Happy days!
Photos from my youth
Some old photos of me and my mates
Some old badges
Me around 1982 had to ride my mum's Honda express for 2 months, until my dad bought me a fizzer after I showed confidence in riding, worset 2 months of my life #embarrassment
1988. Me at the Manchester Apollo bar waiting to see Gary Numan.
Absolutely adore this photo. Bold Street, Liverpool. I am sat on the left, front row. Happy, happy days!
Back in the day, sugar and water in my hair, never moved an inch!! 😜
1985 outside Hammersmith Odeon, Gary Numan's Fury Tour gig handing out leaflets for a Free Tik and Tok Information Service.
Back in 1981 - 1984 having come through the Punk and Post Scene I was trying to find my identity (It was always punk deep down) and I became distracted by the New Romantic, Futurist scene following Gary Numan, Shock, Pleasure and the Beast, and Tik and Tok until I returned back to where my heart always was.
Me (on the left) and my old friend lee murdoch,probably taken around 1983/4 Sheffield.