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YOUTH CLUB secures £69,800 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a vital 6 month project to renovate and preserve youth culture history, alongside an exciting programme of events.

The project will improve accessibility and understanding of Britain’s diverse social and subcultural history from the 1950s to the present day , bringing new life to YOUTH CLUB’s youth culture photography archive. Thanks to National Lottery players, this comprehensive renovation project will modernise and restore accessibility to 15,000 images, resulting in the world’s first fully researched and catalogued youth culture heritage resource with a new dedicated website.

The six month project is supported by an exciting volunteer programme, training photography industry and archival skills to a total of 36 volunteers. The project will be accompanied by a series of monthly pop-up exhibitions and photographer talks to share the progress of the project and unearth new cultural content with the public along the way. Enriching the 19 year old photo archive with new research such as locations, movements and cultural references, the project will create a freely searchable platform to inspire future generations.

YOUTH CLUB invites press partners to help share the importance of youth culture conservation. The organisation is available to support editorial coverage using its exclusive unseen content in order to spread this important message throughout the project duration.

Commenting on the award, Jamie Brett of YOUTH CLUB said: “Youth culture is at the core of modern society and through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we are incredibly excited to begin the ever important task of preserving youth culture heritage in the UK.” The project is YOUTH CLUB’s first step towards the organisation’s goal to open the world’s first Museum of Youth Culture.

Explaining the importance of HLF support, the Head of the HLF London, Stuart Hobley, said: “It’s really exciting that we are able to support YOUTH CLUB to save and share their important record of global youth culture, as well as provide a fascinating programme of public events. Thanks to National Lottery players, the photo archive will be brought right up to date with a comprehensive digital resource, better engaging today’s youth and securing a strong future going forward.” 

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