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Share your memories of growing up in Brent!
01/06/2020

Share your memories of growing up in Brent!

DIVE into the good old days, and submit your photos and stories of growing up in Brent to Museum of Youth Culture.

The #Brent2020 Culture Fund supported project is building a picture of being a teenager in the borough.

Download the resource pack & get started: https://bit.ly/34hjh6T

"The museum wants your childhood, adolescent, and teenage photos—in all their adorable, rebellious, or just plain awkwar...
28/05/2020
The Museum of Youth Culture Wants Your Teenage Memories

"The museum wants your childhood, adolescent, and teenage photos—in all their adorable, rebellious, or just plain awkward glory. The submissions will join the museum’s growing archive of looks, attitudes, and pastimes that have galvanized young people since the 1920s. In other words, this is your chance to claim that your old mullet was a legitimate historical document"

Thank you Atlas Obscura for a brilliant feature on our Grown Up In Britain campaign 🙌

Have a read below and find out how you can become part of the Museum of Youth Culture.

Your awkward, rebellious stage, it turns out, is history.

Brilliant submission of the Churchill Watch at Burghead Sea School in Scotland, taken in June 1971, sent in by Todd. The...
27/05/2020

Brilliant submission of the Churchill Watch at Burghead Sea School in Scotland, taken in June 1971, sent in by Todd.

The photograph is also a great showcase of 70s hairstyles, from buzzcuts to long locks.

Who doesn't love a bootleg? ⚡️ Alongside photographs and ephemera, we've also been sent photos of things people have fro...
26/05/2020

Who doesn't love a bootleg? ⚡️ Alongside photographs and ephemera, we've also been sent photos of things people have from their youth.

This Captain Beefheart 'Don's Birthday Party' bootleg tape was bought in Camden Market in the eighties by Kevin, who worked in the Roundhouse at the time.

Find out how you can get involved at: grownupinbritain.com

“The bigger your hair, the more Hard Rock hairspray it took. Smelt great and was the BEST hairspray for goths, but proba...
22/05/2020

“The bigger your hair, the more Hard Rock hairspray it took. Smelt great and was the BEST hairspray for goths, but probably responsible for .05% of ozone damage in the late 1980s” Cathy

We had to dedicate one post on big Goth hair, because the amount of effort that goes into it deserves a mention!

Lovely submission from Catherine, Debbie and Cathy.

"My early goth years, lazy summer of '83" All about hanging out in parks 🍃 Lovely submission from David from Stamford, L...
22/05/2020

"My early goth years, lazy summer of '83"

All about hanging out in parks 🍃 Lovely submission from David from Stamford, Lincs.

"I felt like I was the only black Goth in London and my school friend was a keen photographer. I used to pose for her qu...
22/05/2020

"I felt like I was the only black Goth in London and my school friend was a keen photographer. I used to pose for her quite a bit. She gave me this when we left school. I was 15 years old in this photo."

This photograph sent in by Phyllis was one of the first submissions through our online platform.

Happy World Goth Day 🥳🥳 Today we're going to be celebrating all the amazing Goth submissions we've had so far! Now we al...
22/05/2020

Happy World Goth Day 🥳🥳 Today we're going to be celebrating all the amazing Goth submissions we've had so far!

Now we all know that a Goth's favourite hangout spot is the local cemetery ☠️ Mel sent in these amazing photographs of her doing just that, part of a wider set documenting her life as a teenager in small North East market town.

"It’s hard to pin-point exactly when and how I fell in love with ‘Goth sub-culture’. I didn’t suddenly wake up one morning and think to myself, “Oh I think I’ll become a Goth”. I didn’t know the term ‘Goth’ existed. I saw myself, along with others back then, as ‘Alternatives’. Alternatives to the norm or mainstream culture."

An important message shared from YOUTH CLUB Archive. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, during a time when the i...
21/05/2020

An important message shared from YOUTH CLUB Archive. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, during a time when the isolation of lockdown is proving increasingly difficult for many. On top of this, we know growing up can be an incredibly tough time with more under-25s than ever struggling with mental health issues.

Although we can’t be together, there is no better time than now to reach out and talk to a friend, family member or peer for support, guidance or simply just a quick chat.

They say it runs in the family 🏍 We met Stephen at our last scanning social in the Ace Cafe, and he brought along photog...
20/05/2020

They say it runs in the family 🏍 We met Stephen at our last scanning social in the Ace Cafe, and he brought along photographs of himself, his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins... all on their bikes of course!

How we're feeling on this sunny, lockdown Tuesday 🌞🌞
19/05/2020

How we're feeling on this sunny, lockdown Tuesday 🌞🌞

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay 💥 As an emerging museum we don't yet have a physical space, so here is a photograph fro...
18/05/2020

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay 💥 As an emerging museum we don't yet have a physical space, so here is a photograph from archive of teens visiting a museum, by Gavin Watson!

Find out more about the museum and how to get involved at: www.museumofyouthculture.com

Remembering going on family holidays 🌞🌞  Ed brought along his family album to one of our scanning socials and shared the...
15/05/2020

Remembering going on family holidays 🌞🌞 Ed brought along his family album to one of our scanning socials and shared these amazing photographs of a family holiday in Clacton Butlins in the early 80s.

Supported by Arts Council England. Submit your photographs at: www.museumofyouthculture.com/grown-up-in-britain/

Although most of our submissions have been post-war, we're getting more and more through from the 1910s, 20s and 30s. He...
14/05/2020

Although most of our submissions have been post-war, we're getting more and more through from the 1910s, 20s and 30s.

Here are some lovely submissions from Christine, Clacton Salvation Army, and Malcolm.

Submit your photographs at: grownupinbritain.com

Who loves messing with their hair? ✂️✂️Here we present the 80s hair phases of John, from spikey white to buzzcut purple,...
13/05/2020

Who loves messing with their hair? ✂️✂️

Here we present the 80s hair phases of John, from spikey white to buzzcut purple, and everything in between - "it's amazing how often my hair changes colour and now it's greying!"

We've got a lot of brilliant photographers in the archive, but we don't often get to see their own teen snaps. We love t...
12/05/2020

We've got a lot of brilliant photographers in the archive, but we don't often get to see their own teen snaps.

We love this photo John Ingledew sent us of him about to hitch from Stonehenge Festival to Glasto in the late 70s!

You can see some of his amazing archive here: https://bit.ly/35Txurh

Today we wanted to do a shout out to the first person to ever submit to the Museum of Youth Culture! Tina came to our fi...
11/05/2020

Today we wanted to do a shout out to the first person to ever submit to the Museum of Youth Culture!

Tina came to our first ever scanning social at the 59 Club day at the Ace Cafe London Ltd, bringing with her an amazing set of photographs.

As we mark 75 years since VE day, we wanted to share this lovely photograph of Mary Horan in the WRAF in Norfolk.  She s...
08/05/2020

As we mark 75 years since VE day, we wanted to share this lovely photograph of Mary Horan in the WRAF in Norfolk.

She shared with us her memories of VE day, travelling to Piccadilly Circus to celebrate. The thing that really stuck in her mind of that night was having all the lights on, it was the most amazing thing!

The bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to get out your old photographs and start sharing your teen stories! 🔥🔥 For ...
07/05/2020

The bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to get out your old photographs and start sharing your teen stories! 🔥🔥 For some inspiration, here are some brilliant submissions we've had in the last couple of weeks!

Thank you Cathy, Peter, Amelia and Gillian! Send us your stories at grownupinbritain.com

Its been just over a year since we launched our public submissions campaign with the help from Time Out London! Find out...
06/05/2020

Its been just over a year since we launched our public submissions campaign with the help from Time Out London!

Find out how you can get involved here: www.grownupinbritain.com

We've had some amazing contemporary submissions; from 18th birthday parties to London Pride, Extinction Rebellion and Go...
05/05/2020

We've had some amazing contemporary submissions; from 18th birthday parties to London Pride, Extinction Rebellion and Goth Clubs 💥

Submissions from Rosalie, Lucy, David and Jasmine!

Dreaming of our Fred Perry x Museum of Youth Culture scanning booth 🔥🔥  Can't wait to get it back out again once the loc...
04/05/2020

Dreaming of our Fred Perry x Museum of Youth Culture scanning booth 🔥🔥 Can't wait to get it back out again once the lockdown is over!

"I just go out to enjoy myself, get on the dance floors, just lose my myself in the music!" 💥💥We've launched the Museum ...
01/05/2020
Museum of Youth Culture

"I just go out to enjoy myself, get on the dance floors, just lose my myself in the music!" 💥💥

We've launched the Museum of Youth Culture Mixcloud! Why not start off your weekend with some sweet 80s or 90s tunes, mixed in with interviews and news clippings!

Mixed by Joe Egg for the museum.

Museum of Youth Culture is on Mixcloud. Listen for free to their radio shows, DJ mix sets and Podcasts

We've also been running reminiscing sessions in care homes and friendship cafes, using the archive to start discussions ...
30/04/2020

We've also been running reminiscing sessions in care homes and friendship cafes, using the archive to start discussions around experiences of growing up.

It was at a reminiscing session in Thamesmead that we met Rose, who moved to London as a young woman to work for the NHS. She told us stories of growing up in Nigeria, listening to Bob Marley on her Dansette record player in her bedroom, and her experiences moving to Britain in the 1960s.

BBC Arts #MuseumFromHome

We don't just take on people's personal photographs and memories, we also work with small community organisations to hel...
30/04/2020

We don't just take on people's personal photographs and memories, we also work with small community organisations to help them preserve their history.

Set up as a youth club by a vicar in a small East London Church, the 59 Club went on to become one of the biggest motorcycle clubs in the world. Led by the Ton Up Vicar, the club was a home for Britain's ultimate folk devil. Last year we worked with their members to digitise over 500 photographs documenting their history.

BBC Arts #MuseumFromHome

From scanning socials, to collaborations and workshops in care homes, we’ve met people from all over the shop! Catherine...
30/04/2020

From scanning socials, to collaborations and workshops in care homes, we’ve met people from all over the shop!

Catherine popped into one of our events a couple of years ago, with a small photo album filled with amazing photographs of her and her sister as teenagers in the 80s. Earlier this year (on pancake day to be exact), we popped round her flat to scan her photographs, check out her zines and hear her stories over a crepe!

We'd love for you to share your experiences of growing up, and help us build the Museum of Youth Culture! BBC Arts #MuseumFromHome

We believe everyone has an important story to tell about being young! As part of BBC Arts #MuseumFromHome we're going to...
30/04/2020

We believe everyone has an important story to tell about being young! As part of BBC Arts #MuseumFromHome we're going to be sharing YOUR stories!

Lets kick off with a feel good story, from a MOYC team member! After Jamie went on telly to talk about our public submissions campaign, his nan pulled out a box of family photographs when he next visited, including these amazing photos of his grandad Bob on a lad's trip to Blackpool in the early 60s. Jamie had no idea his grandad was a Ted!

With the ongoing lockdown, what better time to have a chat to your parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, about their experiences of being a teen, AND become part of a museum!

We're incredibly excited for BBC Arts' #MuseumFromHome tomorrow! We'll be sharing some of our favourite stories from the...
29/04/2020
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We're incredibly excited for BBC Arts' #MuseumFromHome tomorrow! We'll be sharing some of our favourite stories from the Museum of Youth Culture and our experiences as an emerging museum!

Explore our digital collections below:

Museum of youth culture is a new museum dedicated to the styles, sounds and social movements innovated by young people over the last 100 years. Working to open a physical space by 2023. Search the digital archive Championing the impact of youth on modern society, the Museum of Youth Culture is forme...

"No mobiles, just pagers" When you page your mates for hang outs, Palmers Green, 1989 ⚡️ Submitted by Chris.
28/04/2020

"No mobiles, just pagers"

When you page your mates for hang outs, Palmers Green, 1989 ⚡️ Submitted by Chris.

Our Grown Up In Britain campaign is working to chronicle 100 years of teen experiences, but the archive actually goes ba...
27/04/2020

Our Grown Up In Britain campaign is working to chronicle 100 years of teen experiences, but the archive actually goes back more than 100 years.

This amazing photograph was submitted by Malcolm as part of our Grown Up In Clacton project earlier this year. Shot in 1910, its a keep fit class at Riggs Retreat!

Who knows how much further back we'll end up going.

We seem to be building up a specific public submissions subsection of Goths in parks, and we love it 🌳🦇Brilliant submiss...
24/04/2020

We seem to be building up a specific public submissions subsection of Goths in parks, and we love it 🌳🦇

Brilliant submission from Dolores, David and Mel! Submit your photographs and stories at grownupinbritain.com

"How did you spend your childhood? Were you constantly trying to get into the Hippodrome? Were you cyber-gothed up to th...
24/04/2020
The Museum of Youth Culture wants Londoners to share pictures of their awkward teenage years

"How did you spend your childhood? Were you constantly trying to get into the Hippodrome? Were you cyber-gothed up to the nines at Camden Market? Or were you the studious kid who spent your weekends working your way around your borough’s libraries?

Whatever your story, the Museum of Youth Culture wants to see pictures of it for a project called Grown Up in Britain. The plan is to document what it’s been like to come of age in the UK over the years"

Thank you Time Out London for the brilliant feature on Grown Up In Britain ✌️ Have a read, check out some of our favourite London submissions and find out how to get involved!

How did you spend your childhood? Were you constantly trying to get into the Hippodrome? Were you cyber-gothed up to the nines at Camden Market? Or were you the

23/04/2020

Don't we all wish we could do a pile up with our mates right now 😢 Brilliant home footage submitted by Jon Clay of his brother and his mates playing in a South Yorkshire garden 1970s.

"We were on holiday (Pontins Holiday Camp, Yarmouth) during the 1966 World Cup, so spent a lot of the time in the TV roo...
22/04/2020

"We were on holiday (Pontins Holiday Camp, Yarmouth) 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 some brilliant photographs and stories of going on family holidays and days out in the 60s.

Find out how to get involved at: grownupinbritain.com

What was your first festival? ⚡️ With summer fast approaching, we're dreaming of those festival days!We've had some bril...
20/04/2020

What was your first festival? ⚡️ With summer fast approaching, we're dreaming of those festival days!

We've had some brilliant first festival submissions; Jen at Reading, Mark at Weeley and Stewart at Glastonbury.

Submit yours at: grownupinbritain.com

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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.

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.


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