Building the Online Museum of Youth Culture
What was is like growing up in the UK?
National Lottery Heritage Fund Project

“Youth Culture plays a defining role in our society – it constantly changes and is something we have all been part of! And now, with National Lottery support, this exciting project will celebrate the histories of Youth Culture, from the 1960s right up to present day.”

- Stuart Hoble, Head of National Lottery Heritage Fund, London

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Building on the legacy of YOUTH CLUB’s first National Lottery funded project to renovate their renowned photography archive in 2016-2017, The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £92,400 for groundbreaking new project plans to launch the world’s first online Museum of Youth Culture for the UK in 2019.

Reinventing the archive into a ‘museum experience’, this one year project will build a free, chronological digital walkway of youth culture history from the Teddy Boys of the 1950s to the Grime MC’s of modern day telling stories and personal histories from the unspoken people of our cultural legacy, supported with texts written by University of Reading based Subcultures Network and hosted by leading photographic digital asset specialists, Capture . The project is a vital step to conserve, build on and further diversify what we already know about youth culture and its contribution to modern society.

Securing and protecting the future of YOUTH CLUB’s renowned youth culture collections this vital funding will go on to serve both the public and education sector by developing a new education programme targeted at young people incorporating projects with homeless youth charity Accumulate, and independent school The Complete Works alongside the development of a curriculum framework in preparation for an eventual physical Museum of Youth Culture. The project will train 50 young volunteers in heritage and photographic skills and will be housed in YOUTH CLUB Labs, the project’s studio space based in the former newspaper print factory, now music & arts venue, Printworks London.

Working to build the most accurate picture of what it was and is like to grow up in the UK, the Museum of Youth Culture invites the public to submit their own images of their youth both digitally at www.youthclubarchive.com/submit , and in person at one of their scanning social events launched across the UK this year.