Building a People's Museum

Central to the work we are doing as a Museum of Youth Culture is the people whose stories we are looking to represent, share and celebrate. There are many ways in which you can get involved with the museum, from submitting your photographers, ephemera and stories to volunteering. Find out more below.

Grown Up In Britain

Everyone has a story to tell about what it means to be young. The memories and the hopes and dreams. Whether you are 70 or 17, whether you were a rocker or a raver or are just entering your youth today, we want to know ‘What is It Like Growing Up In Great Britain?’ Then, now and in the future.

Looking to trace and celebrate 100 years of youth culture in Britain, we will explore the first inklings of youth culture in the 1920s, through to the birth of the British Teenager in the late 1940s, and delve into the myriad of youth cultures that have since emerged including Teds, Mods, Skins, Hippies, Hip Hop, Rave, and Emo right up to Generation Z’s Drill and Extinction Rebellion.

Most importantly, these stories will be told from the people who were there, whether they have one photograph, a crumpled up flyer or a myriad of stories.

From 2020 onwards we will be touring across the United Kingdom, from high streets to pubs and long forgotten rave venues, to collect people’s personal photographs of growing up in Britain.

Lets inspire future generations for positive change.


Volunteers are an important and valued part of YOUTH CLUB Archive. Our volunteer programme teaches people creative industries and archival skills whilst working with unique, youth and subculture photographic content.

From a two week placement, to regular days across longer periods, our volunteers uncover some of the incredible stories of the archive helping us build a history of youth and subculture.

As a YOUTH CLUB volunteer we train you in curation and digital archival skills such as adding metadata to our photographs, editing images and writing captions. You will learn about street style and documentary photography, as well as Britain’s rich social history. Throughout your volunteering we will support you in your career development, and we provide CV workshops to help you further your career in the creative industries, alongside creative workshops in photography and zine making.

If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch:


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