The People's Archive 1990s

A selection of our crowdsourced archive documenting snapshots and memories of life in Britain during the 1990s.

Having a Kick About in the shadow of Carrington Power Station. Irlam, 1994. Photo © Andrew Smith/The People's Archive®
Having a Kick About in the shadow of Carrington Power Station. Irlam, 1994. Photo © Andrew Smith/The People's Archive®
Killingworth, North Tyneside, 1990s. Photo © The People's Archive®
Killingworth, North Tyneside, 1990s. Photo © The People's Archive®
New arrivals at Kaos Weekender. Pontins Great Yarmouth, 1990.
New arrivals at Kaos Weekender. Pontins Great Yarmouth, 1990. Photo © Darren Tutt/The People's Archive.
Reading Festival, 1994. Photo © The People's Archive®
Reading Festival, 1994. Photo © Steve Beech/The People's Archive®

Steve:”This pic sums up finishing my GCSEs In 1993 and drinking crates of cheap lager at Reading”

On the tube, London, 1993.
On the tube, London, 1993. Photo © John McMahon/The People's Archive®

John ” Myself and friends on our way to the ‘Smashing Club night at Eve’s on Regent Street. Smashing was our regular haunt, we all ended up in two Pulp videos – Common People and Mis-Shapes after being spotted in the club.”

British Telecom workers. Bristol, 1990. Photo submitted by Steve Chapple.

Steve: Left to right Bob Ellis (sadly no longer with us) myself and Bob Holmes. Bob Holmes (Holmer) was the eighties equivalent of Gene Hunt from ‘Life on Mars’ a great laugh and a very funny man. This was my last day working in Bristol which is why Bob has a custard slice”. Photo © Steve Chapple/The People’s Archive ®

Bingley, West Yorkshire, early 1990s. Photo © The People's Archive®
Keep Ups on Redcare Beach 1990s. Photo © mark Wall/The People's Archive®
Keep Ups on Redcar Beach, 1990s. Photo © Mark Wall/The People's Archive®

Mark: “This picture was taken by my dad in the early 90s. Alone on a bleak looking Redcar beach playing keepy up with a football just above my head, South Gare Steelworks kicking out god knows what in the background. I only recently rediscovered the pictures. They feel like perfect images for growing up on Teesside in the 80s/90s. The soon-to-be-broken industrial backbone of the region intersecting with the already faded seaside scene of Redcar beach, juxtaposed with the individual focus, concentration and naivety of an 11 year old unaware of any of that!”

Cities In The Park. Heaton Park, Manchester, 1991. Photo © Dean Wade/The People's Archive®
Cities In The Park. Heaton Park, Manchester, 1991. Photo © Dean Wade/The People's Archive®
Cities In The Park, 1990.
Cities In The Park. Heaton Park, Manchester, 1991. Photo © Dean Wade/The People's Archive®

Dean “I took these images at the Cities In the Park music festival held at Heaton Park, Manchester in August 1991. The festival was organised by Factory Records to honour the life of legendary music producer Martin Hannett”.

Camping in Barmouth, Wales, 1991. Photo © Simon Crabtree/The People's Archive®
Manchester, 1994. Photo © Tim Evans/The People's Archive®

Tim “This image was part of my final portfolio while doing my BTEC in photography & design at Oldham College (94 to 96). I lived in Beswick and asked these local kids to let me take a photo of them acting normal.”

Whitley Bay, 1994.
Amber and Hamish. Whitley Bay, 1994. Photo © Amber Todd/The People's Archive®
Crowd for The Stone Roses. Spike Island, 1990.
Crowd for the Stone Roses. Spike Island, 1990. Photo © Ellie Finch/The People's Archive®
Spondon, Derby, 1990s.
Spondon, Derby, 1990s. Photo submitted by Anthony Shapcott. Anthony: “With my brother on the Playstation back in the day. Both ravers 6 years apart”.
Leeds, 1997.
Leeds, 1997. Photo © Heather Griffiths/The People's Archive®

Heather ” Myself (on the right) with a friend. It did say ‘Top Birds’ on the bit of the wall I’m embracing as well. I think we were taken aback by how chirpy the graffiti was and that’s why we got the photo!”.

A family holiday in Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire, 1992.
A family holiday in Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire, 1992. Photo © Tabitha Roach Osborne/The People's Archive®
Manchester, 1995.
Manchester, 1995. Photo © The People's Archive®

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