Exclusive Final 72 Hours Reward! 10x8" Print for £15
As we head into the final days of our Kickstarter Campaign we are excited to announce a new Kickstarter- only exclusive reward. For the last 3 days you will be able to pledge only £15 (+ shipping) for a 10x8 print by a selection of renowned youth culture photographers - Gavin Watson, Normski, Tristan O'Neill and The 59 Club.
Help make the inaugural Museum of Youth Culture exhibition a reality and get your hands on one, or all, of the amazing prints above!
We're building a Museum of Youth Culture for the UK
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.
During these vital development stages, the Museum of Youth Culture has built an impressive network of strategic long term partners including Google Arts & Culture, Mayor of London, Southbank Centre, Barbican, Transport for London, V&A, Tate Britain, Vibration Group, Depop, Dr Martens and Fred Perry.
A World Leading Resource Sharing 100 years of Youth Culture
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.
Breaking free from archaic institutions as an independent Museum
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.
In order to represent youth culture in an honest and accountable way, the Museum of Youth Culture needs to champion an independent spirit. We're experienced building pop-up galleries and shops across the UK (recent examples include The Subculture Archives pop-up gallery & retail concept on London's Carnaby Street) and it's this agility that brings us in good stead towards a permanent, physical Museum of Youth Culture in London.
It's now time to bring this incredible archive of youth expression and social history into the public eye by building an independent digital and physical Museum of Youth Culture for the UK.
A Central London Exhibition & Launch Party this September
Launching the world's first online Museum of Youth Culture inaugural exhibition this September, we will host a Central London launch party event followed by a week long free exhibition, inviting Londoners and tourists to enter into an immersive pop-up exhibition celebrating the scenes, styles and nightlife of the last 100 years in the UK and we need your support to make this happen.
Alongside iconic youth culture content, the exhibition will pilot the physical Museum of Youth Culture, with a series of interactive activations including VR experiences, live scanning and oral history stations, educational workshops, musical masterclasses and free public talks by youth culture key figures.
The exhibition will incorporate private early access exhibition tours for Kickstarter supporters at patron reward levels and above.
Championing amazing public submissions
Inclusivity is at the heart of the Museum of Youth Culture and we invite everyone to submit a photograph or object representing the spirit of their youth. The result of a new public submission campaign in collaboration with TimeOut magazine, we've received over 1000 new digital and physical submissions from the general public so far in 2019.
Our collections represent over 400 photographers and contributors, and we need your support to increase this number. From a local Bingo hall in Wigan, to a known Teddy Boy pub in Clacton-on-Sea, we need your patronage to send our team across the UK collecting histories at risk.
Building an Education Curriculum to Teach Youth Culture History
Our work with schools and charities with people from disadvantaged backgrounds makes a compelling case for the therapeutic potential of working with youth culture photography and ephemera. Whether it's the history of hip-hop or the emergence of rave culture, we've identified a growing need to incorporate youth culture material into education and arts programmes particularly within those catered to students at risk of exclusion.
We offer free educational workshops and resources for local schools including clothing customisation, music masterclasses and talks with key figures from the subculture community.
It's because of this that we need your help to open a permanent Museum of Youth Culture free education space including a darkroom and gallery by Summer 2020.
"Museum of Youth Culture are a great organisation to be involved with as they provide a closer look into some really exciting photographs and other memorabilia of history, whilst raising great questions of youth culture, context and wider social and political issues. It is a great space to support with curriculum learning, whilst keeping a centred thread of engagement with the roots of identity and community - what really matters!"
The Complete Works Independent School, 2019
Launching the online Museum of Youth Culture
We want to launch a free, chronological digital walkway of youth culture history over the last 100 years, activating our archive into a new online museum experience. The online Museum of Youth Culture will include a submission system and 70,000 digitised youth culture materials backed up by 29 youth movement focussed academic texts written by University of Reading's Subcultures Network, and a free curriculum including worksheets and lesson plans available for schools, colleges and Universities looking to implement youth culture into their offerings.
The online Museum is a vital step towards getting youth culture into schools, and will conserve, build on and further diversify what we already know about youth culture and its contribution to modern society.
A permanent home for teenage angst, first loves and the outsiders
Most of all, the Museum of Youth Culture is about celebrating our own stories of individuality, self expression and defiance. We're building a museum that everyone can be part of without elitism, lengthy contracts or paperwork. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to submit your photographs, to tell us your spoken stories and to send us your objects that tell us what it was like growing up in Britain.
It's about the time the UK has a designated and accessible safe haven for the rich cultural movements created by young people over the last 100 years.
We Need Early Museum Patrons to Join Us
Everyone needs good friends, and at this vital stage the Museum of Youth Culture needs your help along the way. We offer an exciting opportunity for fellow lovers of youth culture to make history together.
Launching an exclusive and introductory patronage opportunity, pledge from £75 (early bird) on Kickstarter to benefit from:
- Limited Edition Merch Package including a t-shirt, badges, patches, photo postcards, and a limited edition 30x40cm C-Type print.
- VIP Early Access Pass to all of our exhibitons, talks and events with the chance to meet photographers and like minded members.
- Members only intimate pop-up talks with iconic photographers and key youth culture pioneers.
- Members only club nights, annual events for Museum of Youth Culture supporters including drinks
- Unlimited access to our archive both physically in London and online
- Invitations to industry events
- Acknowledgement on the online Museum of Youth Culture indefinitely as a key contributor to our mission.
Unique & Exclusive Museum of Youth Culture Merchandise
Just as important as joining the Museum of Youth Culture club is some of the incredible exclusive in-house designed Museum merchandise and clothing. As a thank you for supporting our mission to build the online and physical Museum of Youth Culture, our rewards let you take home a piece of youth culture history whether thats a Boombox Hoodie, Camera Tote Bag, Disco Ball Tee, Youth Culture Zine, Subculture Calendar or a Patch, Badge, Postcard and Print pack.
Other Ways You Can Help
Send us your youth culture photos for the Museum of Youth Culture
Help us to build up the most accurate picture of youth in Britain by sending us your photographs of life growing up. You can submit your own photographs by sending digital image files to: www.youthclubarchive.com/submit.
Volunteer with Us
Can you offer your time for the Museum of Youth Culture? Whether it's helping organise the archive, supporting social media, assisting an event or even just connecting us with interesting people, we'd love to hear from you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
We are an established cultural sector non-profit with 22 years experience managing private personal collections, representing youth culture history, and building pop-ups.
We have produced all merchandise and rewards in advance and have managed x3 successful Kickstarter campaigns including all fulfilment to supporters.
We are working towards two deadlines, the launch party and education in September 2019 and the launch of the Education Centre in Summer 2023 and we are working hard with venue partners to meet these deadlines.
We don't anticipate any delays or risks to the work we are already doing however if any delays in delivery deadlines or launch event timelines do occur, we will be sure to let backers know at the earliest notice.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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