About Us

British Culture Archive is a non-profit resource highlighting the changing face and diversity of British society through documentary photography.

We are founded on the principles that photography should be accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our online galleries, exhibitions and workshops are curated to engage, inspire and spark conversations about our past, present and future.

The People’s City Exhibition 2020.

As well as working alongside a number of acclaimed social and documentary photographers, we pride ourselves on being a significant platform for British photography and seeking out work yet to be seen by a wider audience.

Our growing resource The People’s Archive documents and preserves the thousands of images submitted to us by the public.

A key focus of our work is centred around political and social change, as well as popular culture and fashion in the twentieth century.

“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.

Moss Side, Manchester, 1977. From our feature with photographer and Rock Against Racism founder Red Saunders.