British Culture Archive Logo
British Culture Archive Logo
British Culture Archive Logo

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


The British Culture Archive was founded in 2016 by Paul Wright through his passion of photography and subculture, and a mission 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.

British Culture Archive work alongside a number of respected photographers, we also pride ourselves as being a major platform for photography 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, acid house and more.

In 2019 we held our debut exhibition at The Social in London, showcasing the works of Tish Murtha, Rob Bremner and Richard Davis.

The People’s Archive is our crowdsourced archive that was established in 2016 as 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.

Permenent Gallery 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”