YOUTH CLUB PRESERVATION

Our mission is to seek out, preserve and share youth culture content, focusing on preserving unseen personal collections, documenting unheard stories, celebrating memories and bringing to life unique experiences of British Youth Culture.

We have archived photography dating from as early as the 1840 working with all kind of content formats and challenges.  Our preservation specialists are second to none.  With decades of training at some of the best production, imaging, publishing, design and print companies in the world.  They’ve done it all.

But most importantly we value knowledge and passion of the subject matter, trustworthiness and their insistence on perfection.

Our preservation studio has state of the art equipment for management of all archive materials.  And our emphasis on safety and protection of our clients assets is second to none.  Original documents are all stored in sealed fireproof cabinets in a high security location.  Temperature and humidity controlled.  Digital content backed up remotely in real time.

The majority of clients to Youth Club Preservation are from people who were/are passionate about the things they were/are involved in and so documented and collected through their lives.  Sadly much of this real personal content is lost when people pass away, clear things out or just don’t realise it’s importance.  Yet collectively this content forms the most comprehensive and a vastly important record of our collective cultural journey.

Youth Club exists to make sure we save and share as much as we can so we can enjoy it and help today’s generations and future generations to understand the importance of what has been before, how and why it all still relevant today and then to inspire and educate people today for all our futures.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Gavin Watson archives - Working through Gavin's personal collection of his life’s photography.  Skins, Punks, Rave, Family, Growing up….an amazing collection of british youth culture by one of our finest photographers.

SleazeNation Magazines - whole archive of the legendary style bible of the late 90’s and early 00’s the physical magazines are all being scanned with full text recognition so they will be fully searchable assets as part of our education reference library.

Jock Slut Magazines - Whole archive of the legendary alternative/dance music fanzine/magazine as with SleazeNation for our education reference library.

PYMCA 35mm archive - Approximately! 75,000 35mm slides requiring full attention of cleaning, scanning, enhancing, retouching, keyboarding and captioning.  preparation into various formats and then uploading to the PYMCA archive image library.

Paul Hartnett collection - Over 200 hand printed, signed very limited editions and sometime sone of one prints representing probably the best personal collection of youth culture photography anywhere.  Sheila rock, Ray Stevenson, Gavin Watson, Molly Mcindoe, Mark Charnock… and many many more. Working to preserve the print with museum quality cleaning, mounting, framing and then preparation of exhibitions in prestigious galleries and museum around the globe.

Paul Hartnett Vintage - Again an amazing personal collection of Vintage photography.  Paul spent years trawling round the world collecting for this archive and we are in charge of scanning and preserving everything for the future.  The nature of this work requires very careful attention due the age and various formats of the work.  It’s a long term project as the scale of his collection is huge - but this will eventually form part of the PYMCA and YouthClub Archives. As well being part of our education platforms and touring exhibitions.