The Subculture Archive
A selection of our crowdsourced archive documenting snapshots and memories of life in Britain. The images in this gallery document youth culture and British subcultures from Mods in the 1960s, through to Punk, Ska, Acid House and Rave.

Young Mods on Box Hill, Surrey, 1962.
Mods on Box Hill, Surrey, 1962.

"A photo of my Nan aged 16 with her mod mates in 1962."

Photo © Jack Oxford/The People's Archive®
Stockport Mods, 1960s.
Stockport Mods, 1960s.

"My grandad and 'The Boys' (still a phrase he uses to this day) Most of them still meet up each weekend down the pubs in Stockport."

Photo © Scarlett Meikle/The People's Archive®
Stockport Mods 1960s
Stockport Mods, 1960s.

"My grandad and 'The Boys' (still a phrase he uses to this day) Most of them still meet up each weekend down the pubs in Stockport."

Photo © Scarlett Meikle/The People's Archive®
Bermondsey Mods, London 1960s
Bermondsey Mods. London, 1965.

"My Dad and his pals enjoying a night out in 1965."

Photo © Andrew Copley/The People's Archive®
Caxton Mod Club London 1960s
Caxton Mod Club London, 1960s.

Photo © Colin Staplehurst/The People's Archive®
Pimlico, London, 1963
Pimlico, London, 1963.

Colin "My sister Bonnie blow drying my close-crop/skin cut at home in Pimlico."

Photo © Colin Staplehurst/The People's Archive®
Nottingham, 1970s
Nottingham, 1977.

"May 1977 posing with my first car after passing my test at 17 - an Austin 1300 MK3 costing £795. The photo was taken outside our house in the shadow of the John Players Factory where my dad worked. And what a pair of bags!."

Photo © Ian Bates/The People's Archive®
Tulse Hill, London, 1970s
Tulse Hill, London, 1979.

Photo © Lee Dema/The People's Archive®
Rotherham Punk, 1979
Rotherham Punk, 1979.

"My Mum posing with her Sid Vicious poster when she was a wannabe punk. You can't see it in the photo but she's actually wearing a Sid t-shirt to match!".

Photo © Natasha/The People's Archive®
Skinhead Boot Boys Subculture 1980
Skinheads in St Leonards-on-Sea, 1980.

Photo © Russell Macnay/The People's Archive®
Mods in Brighton 1980s
Mods in Brighton, 1981.

Photo © David Kemp/The People's Archive®
Mods outside The Wimpy. Chiswick, 1980s
Mods outside The Wimpy. Chiswick, 1982.

Photo © Billy Drinkwater/The People's Archive®
Mods outside The Phoenix, London, 1980s
Mods outside The Phoenix, London, 1982.

Photo © Billy Drinkwater/The People's Archive®
Kings Road Punk, 1980s
King's Road Punk, 1980s.

Polly "This is Dave Ferguson, surely one of the most photographed punks ever. He was our 'local punk' from Reynes Park, which isn't a very punk place!."

Photo © Polly Birkbeck/The People's Archive®
Hanging out on the Kings Road, London, 1980s.
Hanging out on the Kings Road. London, 1982.

Photo © Polly Birkbeck/The People's Archive®
Punk Kes. Corby, 1970s.
Punk Kes. Corby, Northants, 1970s.

"My dad Dermot Powderly with his beloved Kestrel, his mum looking on in the background."

Photo © Jessica Clark/The People's Archive®
Holidays In The Sun. Jersey, 1981.
Holidays In The Sun. Jersey, 1981.

"This one was taken on holiday in Jersey in July, 1981. That’s me and my stepdad. It was the week of the Royal Wedding and I was wearing a T-shirt I’d bought from the Virgin Megastore with caricatures of Charles and Diana dressed as punks. The main caption was “Nice one, Charlie!."

Photo © Andrew Gallix/The People's Archive.

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