It’s not easy to be proud of this country right now, but here’s a hopeful thought: young British people have always created new worlds.
Over the years, successive waves of mods, rockers, skins, punks, goths, glam kids, Blitz kids, ravers and grime kids have left an indelible mark on global culture. And despite eternal bandwagon-jumping by brands and the media, new youth cultures keep sprouting from the grassroots.
Now cultural curator Youth Club is building a lottery-funded online Museum of Youth Culture to document what it was and is like growing up in the UK – and it needs your help. Head to its website to submit your photos, flyers and other memories, like the incredible pictures that have already been submitted of The 59 Club (above), a biker crew founded 60 years ago in Hackney by an Anglican priest.
You can also submit your pictures in real life, by attending one of Youth Club’s ‘scanning socials’ at the following places and times…
Ben Sherman, Soho. Saturday June 8, 12-5pm.
Ace Cafe, Wembley. Sunday June 30, 12-5pm.
It’s time to dig out that shoebox full of photos and help Youth Club show the world another side of the UK.