"Among the submissions are fuzzy photos of raucous pre-drinks at home, women smoking cigs in social clubs, house parties in Manchester and pints and hairspray in Essex nightclubs."
Thanks to The Guardian for including us on a round up of social media channels capturing UK nightlife! Brilliant to be featured alongside some great photographers including Linden Archives and Liz Johnson Artur.
Great nights out are gone too soon, often lost in a hungover haze. Thankfully, social media accounts are capturing the scenes that deserve to be remembered
Will we see anymore snow this Christmas? ❄️🎄⛄️
Marion, Cheryl, Trisha, Michelle, Martin, Paul in the front garden, Kenton, UK, 13 December 1981. Submitted by Jo O’Malley.
In summer we celebrated 50 Years since the first London Pride that was organised by the Gay Liberation Front in 1972. Exploring the archive of member Gregg Blachford who captured the times on his camera.
Head to our website to read the piece.
Photo’s of Gregg Blachford & Friends of the Gay Liberation Front, London, UK, 1970s. Collected as part of Setting the Record Straight.
Throughout the 1990s Stuart Linden Rhodes was leading a double life. During the day he was a teacher in the classroom but as day turned to night Stuart was capturing life in LGBTQIA+ bars and clubs across the north of England.
During lockdown the original negatives were rediscovered and scanned, they are being published on his Instagram as well as in his new book Out and About with Linden - A Q***r Archive of the North.
See Stuart’s photos along with many more photos on show in Grown up in Britain: 100 Years of Teenage Kicks at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry on until 12th February 2023.
“Most of my work actually is just like the straight up portraits… There’s so much information just in looking at their faces, looking at the way they dress, their identity or how they hold themselves.” Our exploration of the summer months had us interviewing Rebecca Lewis who captured the many different scenes of youth culture in the 2000s.
Read the interview via the 🔗 in our bio.
Young people from Liverpool to Hoxton, UK, 2000s. Photographed by Rebecca Lewis.
Taking the studio to the street.
The Handsworth Self Portrait project, set up by photographers Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon in 1979, was created specifically to allow people who had been stereotyped and objectified by mainstream media to put themselves, literally and figuratively, in the frame. Over 350 people photographed themselves in the outdoor studio using a electronic cable release.
The resulting archive of photographs are a joyous celebration of the local Handsworth community.
A selection of photographs from the Handsworth Self Portrait project are featured in Grown up in Britain: 100 Years of Teenage Kicks at the Herbert in Coventry. On until February 12th, 2023.
In May we explored Protest and Rebellion in youth culture. We featured the story and photos of Atalanta Kernick who was involved with the Rebel D***s and briefly lived at Greenham Common. Reflecting on her time organising and living with different women's groups, Atalanta can see how the movements have evolved over time, but her and her peers' inputs were all crucial in shaping the activism we see today.
Read the feature on our website.
Atalanta & friends out and at home, UK, 1980s. Collected by Dan Glass as part of Setting The Record Straight.
Incredibly sad news about the passing of Terry Hall, of The Specials and Fun Boy Three 🖤 RIP
Photograph by Clare Muller.
Last week we received these amazing photos from Jerry Barnes, taken by his father. A Coventry resident and amateur photographer he captured some amazing shots of mid twentieth century Coventry being built and the carnivals and summer fairs that the locals attended.
Young people around the funfair, Coventry, UK, Late 50s. Photographed by Jerry Barnes’ father.
The screaming fans, angry protesters, hysteria in the papers - going to these gigs brought with it the teen kudos of causing outrage and panic amongst adults. The Noughties had barely begun and two American rockstars were courting controversy to win the top spot as the ultimate anti-hero.
In 2001 Marilyn Manson and Eminem took to the stage at London Docklands Arena a month apart. In the queue their teenage fans burn bibles, and brandish their middle finger, whilst their parents wonder what happened to their sweet children.
Disposable Teens / The Way I Am
A5 Colour Zine
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Raving through the winter blues ❄️
Carmina and her friends at a Nu-Rave night, UK, 2000s. Photos submitted by Carmina Masoliver as part of Grown up in Britain.
“Hip hop, Acid House, Break Beat, Techno from 84 -89. These four genres combined with a shift in emphasis depending on tastes, that in the 90s would grow into more sub genres like, Hard core, Rave, Jungle, Drum & Bass and within these sub genres would evolve into a new generations genres from the turn of the millennium like; Garage, Dub Step, Grime and more recently Bass music, Trap and EDM.”
In April we looked at the major influence of musical innovations on youth cultures globally. Photographer Normski was there to capture the time and wrote about his time growing up with electronic music for us.
Richard Davis is a British, social documentary and portrait photographer. He was born in Birmingham and moved to Manchester where he studied at the Polytechnic in 1988. He quickly began documenting life in the inner-city area of Hulme, it’s huge brutalist inspired concrete crescents, as well as its many characters that inhabited the flats, many of which were squatters.
Richard has a forthcoming photography exhibition called ‘In The City’ which starts at Manchester Central Library on the 7th January and runs until the 1st April 2023.
You can also see Richards photos along with many more on show for Grown up in Britain: 100 Years of Teenage Kicks at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry on until February 2023.
Naz Toorabally, founder of WEIRDO Zine, wrote for us in March to explore South Asian Representation in Alternative Subcultures.
“Many of us have felt like we’re the only ones from the South Asian community in the alternative scene, and I realised this was partly because our presence in these scenes was not being documented.”
In March we dug into the many styles and fashion choices young people have pioneered through history. While fashions and trends may exist on a cycle there are always new innovations and spins that define every generation. 🧵🪡
Melanin Skate Gals n Pals crew out & about, London, UK, 2021-2022. Photographed by Marie Mayassi.
See photos from Marie and many more on show for Grown up in Britain: 100 Years of Teenage Kicks at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry on until February 2023.
“The sense was that the music was happening elsewhere and I wanted to be elsewhere. I guess that’s why I got into the pen pal thing really.”
Before the world wide web connected us through apps and chatrooms, social media required a more physical and time consuming approach to connect with like minded people. Magazine listings, record shop advertisements and handwritten letters were carefully constructed and waited on by young people around the world. Jonny Melton wrote many of these letters as a teenager in rural East Anglia. Mail became a way into the world outside, otherwise only seen on late night TV. From Moscow to Finland Jonny kept pen pals, sending records and creme eggs to other kids waiting by the letterbox.
Check out the feature on our website. Jonny Melton’s letters, UK, 1980s. Submitted by Jonny Melton
In February we explored youth and social media, diving into the changing landscape and tools that young people have used to communicate over time. 📱📻📬
Girls at Sheepwash & Fern, Callum, Ash and Soph on The Cracker, the Black Country, UK, 2018 . Photographed by Laura Pannack, from the series Island Symmetries.
"What is nearest seems absolutely dissimilar, totally foreign. Often the most striking similarities are ones we find - according to travel psychology - clear on the other side of the world.
Inspired by this notion I focused my attention on two communities either side of the Earth to continue my constant exploration of youth."
These photos and many more are on show for Grown up in Britain: 100 Years of Teenage Kicks at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry on until February 2023.
‘It’s an emotional history of those times. Because there's so much fun and nostalgia of a carefree attitude.’
Back in January we interview the amazing We Were Rad about their archive and book featuring a history of BMX culture from the 1980s in Britain. Looking at the wheels, fashions and attitudes of the time, there’s nothing these guys can’t tell you about what it means to be rad.
Check out the feature on our website. Photos from the We Were Rad archive and book.
Wheel it up 🏍
This month we’re looking back at the many themes of youth we’ve explored this year. Kicking things off with the many wheels that get us around when we’re young.
THE MUSEUM OF YOUTH CULTURE SHOP IS BACK IN SOHO 🎄
We have returned to Soho with our Museum shop, featuring the subculture bookshop, vintage record store and limited prints! Just in time for all your Christmas shopping needs. See you there ✌️
Find us at 95 Berwick St, Soho, W1F 0DW
Monday - Saturday 11-7
Gursharanapal, also known as Boy Chana, grew up in the diverse St Lozells neighbourhood of Birmingham. He remembers the positive influence of growing up in an area where those of Asian, black and white working class communities could share their experiences and interests. Heavily involved in Birmingham’s music scene he fused a love for Bhangra music and his Asian heritage with more mainstream music. Working as a pirate radio DJ for the Asian community, reporting and reviewing on new music releases and hosting late 90s all-dayer events, all whilst passionately encouraging and promoting Asian music.
Boy Chana with friends and musicians from Birmingham, UK, Late 1980s.
“The pulsating nightclubs and fashionable boutiques of 'Swinging London' also fed into notions of Britain entering an age of bold, liberated modernity… British cultural exports such as Beatlemania, mod style and Mary Quant's chic fashion designs accrued an aura of exciting vitality.”
In the 1960’s British youth were shapers and shakers of youth trends across the world. Bill Osgerby explores the decade in this article. Swinging Sixties: from sharp mods to counterculture.
Mod girls dancing, Lady Gomm Youth Centre, Bermondsey, Southwark, London, UK, 1969. Photographed by Tony Othen & Bede.
“Dubstep was one of the first music genres to benefit from emerging Web 2.0 applications. Myspace, Dubstep Forum, the Hyperdub web-zine and blogs like Blackdown, Gutterbreakz and Drumz Of The South all contributed to dubstep’s growth, at a pace unknown to previous underground scenes.”
Photographer Georgina Cook saw Dubstep boiling up from its earliest nights in South London pubs and clubs. In this article she takes us through the underground beginnings in to what would become a dominant genre of the global music scene.
Photographs from the early Dubstep days in South London by Georgina Cook & Suzy Del Campo.
Indie is everywhere! Find out how this music scene went from small labels to the mainstream, and explore the many forms of music that it encompasses. The word 'Indie' is short for independent, and has come a long way since becoming a staying power of the mainstream major label record business.
Cover photo by Dean Belcher. Words by Lucy Cage.
Indie is everywhere! Find out how this music scene went from small labels to the mainstream, and explore the many forms of music that it encompasses. The word ‘Indie’ is short for independent, and has come a long way since becoming a staying power of the mainstream major label record business. T...
Today in 1963 the first ever episode of Dr. Who, titled An Unearthly Child, airs on BBC featuring William Hartnell as the original Doctor. 💫
Sharon with her brothers and a Dalek from Doctor Who, UK, 1970s. Submitted by Sharon Philips as part of Grown up in Britain.
“I think young people and when you’re in your teens, you want to look good. You want to look good for yourself but you also want to look cool in front of your mates, that’s kind of always happened, it’s a rite of passage when finding your tribe and your group, the pack you roll with.”
Photographer Neil Massey began his music adventures visiting local punk bands before going on to the late eighties raves. By the Millennium he was working as a photographers and captured the often shocking and always striking fans of the new music, coming over from America and charged media outraged.
Neil currently has a pop up shop selling his work on his website, closing tomorrow Weds 23rd of November.
Young people and fans from Nu-Metal to Eminem, UK, 2000s. Photographed by Neil Massey. Also a photo of his radio tape recordings.
Young people have always been drawn to two wheels and speed. We delve into Brunel’s work documenting the bike life scene. Breaking The Millenium With Neil Massey bio. Interview by Esta Maffrett | 22.11.22 How did you get into photography? I started in photography really young. I came to it when I ...
Dedicating your room to your favourite band 💌
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Hair To The Throne 👑
Madeline Foster tells us about her mum Stacy during her 1980s Goth phase, experiencing a brief 'brush' with royalty! Animation by Dave Anderson.
100 Years of Teenage Kicks in 90 seconds!
For those of you who haven’t made it to our Coventry exhibition yet, we have some drone footage to give you a brief tour around. Can you spot any photos you recognise?
Grown up in Britain Book
Did you know we released a second edition of the Grown up in Britain book?
To celebrate the launch of our exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, this second edition is a softback book.
Grab it from our online shop for only £20: https://bit.ly/3d4uJLF
What is your strongest memory of being a teenager?
We posed this question to participants in a series of workshops with Accumulate, Crisis Skylight Coventry, and the Bardsley Youth Project, who created patches based on their memories. Together they form the Banner of Youth, which takes centre stage at our exhibition Grown up in Britain: 100 Years of Teenage Kicks at the Herbert.
Developed in collaboration with Sadie Williams Studio.
One month to go!
We can't wait to take over the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum this summer with Grown up in Britain, celebrating 100 years of teenage kicks.
The exhibition runs in Coventry from 1 July - 12 February - see you there!
Shopping galore 💘
To celebrate the opening of our new Beak Street shop, we went on a bit of a shopping spree and are excited to bring you lots of new stock. From the latest books delving into youth culture histories to a fresh selection of records for our in-house DJ Joe Egg, there’s lots to discover online and in-store.
Shop now at: https://bit.ly/3KLPRlA
GROWN UP IN G-SHOCK ⌚️
We're excited to introduce the new G-SHOCK x Museum of Youth Culture Limited Edition Collaboration!
Launching on Feb 18th, with a Grown up in G-SHOCK exhibition at the Museum!
Have you checked out the Grown up in Britain book yet? 📖
At the end of last year we brought together hundreds of submissions into a nationwide photo album - definitely one of our highlights of 2021!
You can still grab a copy in our online shop: https://bit.ly/3nF6G8B
Do you have any home footage? 📹 We need you!
Our new exhibition in the basement gallery focuses on home footage and we're in need of more video content!
Get in touch at [email protected]
Footage submitted by Tamir.
Gavin Watson x Real Fake Drop 🔥🔥
The incredible artist Trav from Real Fake has given the iconic images of Gavin Watson a makeover to reignite the spirit of rave. Taking his five favourite images from Gavin's cult book Raving '89 and breathing new life into them, we are excited to launch these limited edition posters of his pieces.
Grab your copy (one of only 20) only for only £30!
Cockney lass Norma share her memories of teen life as a Mod in the Royal Docks.
She spoke about family life, best places to go shopping in the East End and some of the segregation she faced as a mixed-race woman in London's nightclubs.
Listen to her story here: https://qrco.de/bcSGtO
Her story is on show as part of Royal Docks Originals, at the Thames Barrier Park Cafe until October 31st.
This Black History Month we're celebrating some of the amazing everyday stories of growing up in our collections.
Museum of Youth Culture x You Must Create
You Love Zines 😍 We Love Zines ❤️
Teenage Bedrooms x Sian Lincoln
Check out Museum of Youth Culture Mugs in production!
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.
The Museum of Youth Culture archive houses the most comprehensive collection of youth and subculture movements in the United Kingdom over the last 100 years, from Psychobillies to UK Garage, all our contributors and collaborators are authentic participants and active spokespersons of their respective scenes.
Already a renowned resource in the academic sector, the Museum of Youth Culture archive maintains long term partnerships with University Degree programmes including Fashion Design, Fashion Promotion and Sociology, providing access, workshops and academic support for students researching youth culture and social history.
Currently housed privately in Printworks London, Europe's biggest nightclub, the Museum of Youth Culture needs your support as a Museum Patron to help make this a public online collection enriched with a leading education and public outreach programme.
We think it's about time a permanent museum is dedicated to the specific needs of youth culture, subculture, and social history without the agenda of big institutions or curatorial bias. That's why we want to open a permanent Museum of Youth Culture free education space including a darkroom and gallery in Summer 2020.
Sacred Spaces Features:
Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy (Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy)
Dimitri Hegemann (Dimitri Hegemann)
Eris Drew & Octo Octa (Eris Drew & Octo Octa)
François Kevorkian (François K)
Gabriel Szatan (Gabriel Szatan)
Joe Shanahan ()
Kevin Saunderson (Kevin Maurice Saunderson)
King James Britt (King Britt)
Kitty Amor (DJ Kitty Amor)
DJ Lag (DJ Lag)
Luke Una (Luke Una)
DJ Nobu (DJ NOBU (OFFICIAL)
DJ Paulette (DJ Paulette)
Róisín Murphy (Róisín Murphy)
DJ Sharon White
Stacey "Hotwaxx" Hale ()
Suzi Analogue (Suzi Analogue)
Tama Sumo & Lakuti
Tianzhuo Chen & oxi pëng (Asian Dope Boys & Penny Birdy)
Lutz Leichsenring & Mirik Milan (Revolutz & Mirik Milan)
Whitney Wei (Whitney Wei)
You may have seen them around before... But Museum of Youth Culture is back and ready for business! 😜 This exciting independent museum is dedicated to the styles, sounds and social movements innovated by young people over the last 100 years.
Head down to 's latest openings from 92-104, and check out some incredible independent retailers and exhibition spaces. Museum of Youth Culture is situated at 95 Berwick Street. Head to the link in bio to discover more upcoming pop-ups in ✨
is bursting with Christmas cheer this year, and we are giving 20 LUCKY people a goodie bag 👅 Expect some SoHOHO treats from brands including, Söderberg, Bleach, The Breakfast Club, CASS ART, Ffern and Kloris CBD 🎁
You might also find some goodies from some of our newly opened pop-ups... RED HOT, Museum of Youth Culture and Are You Mad 👀
It's your Grown Up in the 1990s ! As we move towards the final decades of our 100-year journey through youth culture, there's still time to see Museum of Youth Culture's Grown Up in Britain exhibition at the Herbert until 12 Feb 2023. Find out more at https://culturespacecoventry.com/grown-up-in-britain
Tonight our 100-year sonic adventure alongside Grown Up in Britain takes us into the second half of the 1980s, a time of stark divisions between subcultures and a smorgasbord of musical styles to shape your identity around.
Curated by the Museum of Youth Culture, Grown Up in Britain is free to visit at the Herbert until 12 Feb 2023. Find out more: https://bit.ly/3XLFTb1
Numan fans together at the Gary Numan Disco. Brighton. 1984.
Flashback just over a week ago to the opening of Radical Hair.
There was a panel talk on the importance of youth culture and documenting it, wigs, makeovers, photoshoots, fizzy pop, lollipops and cheeky late night access to the museum. Basically everything you could want, right?
Radical Hair is open in our Community Gallery right now. Excellent work from Free Radical Arts and the Museum of Youth Culture in getting all these photos together, documenting Carlisle's youth culture through its coolest hair.
📷 Stuart Walker Photography
Discover the Museum of Youth Culture's 'Grown Up In Britain' outdoor exhibition King's Cross, exploring the colourful cultural history of the nation's youth. We highlight local events like this in our weekly newsletter. 👍🏽🗞️🖼️
📺 Today is World Television Day, and with Grown Up in Britain celebrating 100 years of youth culture, we'd love to hear about the formative shows you remember from your teenage years.
To jog your memory, here's a look back our 2015 exhibition, The Story of Children's Television. Do you remember visiting?
Curated by the Museum of Youth Culture, Grown Up in Britain: 100 Years of Teenage Kicks is free to visit until 12 Feb 2023.
👾 This week, alongside our Grown Up in Britain exhibition, we're travelling back in time to the 1980s. Here's a quick tour of some of the 80s items to look out for when you visit. What are your memories of the era? 🎧
Curated by the Museum of Youth Culture, Grown Up in Britain is free to visit until 12 Feb 2023.
⚡ RADICAL HAIR ⚡
Now open in our Community Gallery (the photos are off the floor now, you'll have to come see).
RADICAL HAIR is a small exhibition that celebrates youth trends, creativity, and the expression of individuality through our hair!
We've been working with members of Free Radical Arts and the Museum of Youth Culture to find images documenting Cumbria's Youth Culture, and so far we have collected over 500 images and memories.
The photographs on display are a mixture of images collected by the Museum of Youth Culture, including some photographs from Carlisle and Cumbria.
Come along and see if you can spot which ones are from around here!
1 WEEK REMAINING TO JOIN!!!!!!!
HOW PUNK ARE YOU?
Calling young fashionistas interested in sustainable style/fashion/textiles! As part of our Punk: Rage & Revolution project and the forthcoming exhibition in Summer 2023, we've got a new project starting on Tuesdays 4-6 from Tuesday 22/11/22.
The poster attached has all of the details. Get in touch with Karina Hall - [email protected] if you're interested or would like more information.
Plus, anyone on this page who has children, friends or relatives aged 16-25 who they think would be interested please share and get the message out there!
It's free and will be lots of fun 🙂
Also, if anyone has any pre-worn clothes or waste/unwanted fabrics particularly bright colours, black, tartan, leopard print you no longer want - don't send it to landfill or the charity shop - we'd welcome any donations for the project 🙂
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In the 1970's and 1980's Eid Day outings were a norm. Here are a group young Asian men from Daubhill, Bolton in a local seaside resort. Museum of Youth Culture
Check out this incredible archive from Museum of Youth Culture showcasing the work of who captured the jazz, funk & soul club nights of mid 70s South England.