Sponsored by 5plus architects the exhibiton is the first installation of our three part residency at The Refuge – a celebration of everyday life and working class communities in the towns and cities of the North West.

“Britain is a cultural melting pot influenced by other nations. We take a look back at everyday life growing up in our towns and communities. The music, fashion, politics and passions that defined and united us through good times and bad times.” Paul Wright – founder (British Culture Archive/The People’s Archive)

The exhibiton will include a selection of work from our featured photographers incuding:

Peter J Walsh

Working as a photographer for Manchester’s City Life Magazine in the 80s and 90s Peter became immersed in Manchester’s club scene and documented the UK’s Acid House explosion in the city. As well as his iconic images of Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub Peter also captured the spirit of the era as well as the faces, bands and fashions that graced the city during those pivitol years.

The Hacienda, 1989. Photo © Peter J Walsh.


Richard Davis – Hulme, 1980s-90s.

Richard Davis is a British social documentary and portrait photographer.

Richard created an important body of work documenting his surroundings whilst a resident of Hulme, a working class inner-city district of Manchester in the late 80s and early 90s.

During the period Richard was living in Hulme the area was left largely abandoned by the council and began to fall into disrepair. Around this time it became its own self contained universe – a multicultural and diverse utopia consisting of long term residents, artists, ravers, drop-outs and punks. 

This version of Hulme no longer exists, the crescents and surrounding flats were eventually bulldozed in 1993 and a massive regeneration of the area began. 


Hulme, late 1980s. Photo © Richard Davis.


The People’s Archive – Various 1960s-90s.

The People’s Archive is our ongoing project and archive documenting crowdsourced images of everyday life, working class society and culture in the UK. 

The images on show at The Refuge will be snapshots of real life in the North West as it was for many of us growing up in a time before the days of smart phones and social media.


Keep Ups in the Shadow of Carrington Power Station, 1994. Photo submitted to The People’s Archive by Andrew Smith.


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British Culture Archive is a non-profit organisation. In 2020/2021 we want to open a permanent gallery and exhibition space where we can showcase our People’s Archive alongside work from our featured photographers . If you appreciate the work we do you can SUPPORT our Crowdfunder campaign HERE 


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