The People’s City at The Refuge (Now extended until September 2020) Photo © Rob Bremner.

Our Story

British Culture Archive is a non-profit resource set up to document, highlight and preserve the changes in British culture and society through documentary photography.

Founded through a passion for photography and subculture, our mission is to inspire and engage people from all backgrounds. Our online galleries, community workshops and exhibitions showcase and highlight British documentary photography from the twentieth century.

We are proud to work alongside respected photographers and give a platform to work that has yet to be seen by a wider audience. Our online galleries include many previously unseen images. Images ranging from the 1960’s mod scene, northern soul and punk – through to Thatcher’s Britain, social housing and acid house.

In 2019 we held our first exhibition at The Social in London, the perfect venue for our debut exhibition where we showcased the works of Tish Murtha, Rob Bremner and Richard Davis.

The People’s Archive

Our independent archive The People’s Archive was set up in 2016. It’s an important documentation preserving our crowdsourced images of everyday life in Britain. From post war Britain of the 1930s-40s, up to the year 2000, and the rapid rise of smart phones and social media.

Permanent Space

In 2021 we are set to open our permanent gallery and exhibition space in the North West. This will be an accessible space where we can showcase our featured photographers, and a home for The People’s Archive. You can find out more about our plans and support our Crowdfunder campaign here.

“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.”