The People’s Archive

The People’s Archive is our ongoing project and archive documenting the publics images of everyday life, society and culture in the UK. 

The images highlight real life as it was for many of us growing up before the rapid rise of technology, smart phones and social media.

As well as exhibiting the archive across towns and cities in the UK – we are currently crowdfunding towards our long term goal of a permanent gallery space in the North West which we hope to establish in 2020.

This will be a community hub where we can house the archive alongside events, workshops and exhibitions from our featured photographers.

For more details and to support our project please go to 


Please contact us if you have any images that you would like to submit to the archive.


My first car. Nottingham, 1977. Photo submitted by Ian Bates.

Ian: “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 Players factory where my dad worked. And what a pair of bags!”
Family. Seedley, Salford, 1970s. Photo submitted by Jacqui Pollock.
Killingworth, North Tyneside. Early 90s. Photo submitted by JP Spannermax.
Caxton Mod Club, London. 1960s. Photo submitted by Colin Staplehurst.
Youth Training Scheme (YTS) Stafford, 1985. Photo submitted by Mark Archer.
Granddad and Penny, Bristol, 1970s. Photo submitted by Steve Chapple.
Ellesmere Port, 1980. Photo submitted by Brian Duffy.

Brian”Photo of me posing with my guitar in my older sisters bedrooom back in 1980. Any cool pictures/clippings from magazines with our favourite bands or musicians went straight up on the wall”
Day trip
to Blackpool, 1984. Photo submitted by John Dawkins.

John: ‘My family on a day trip to Blackpool. We’d travel up every year from Coventry. Fond memories!’.
Merton Park, London, 1981. Photo submitted by Andrew Gallix.

Andrew:”Me and a mate, Easter 1981. Just before setting off to see Bow Wow Wow at the Lyceum”.
The Infamous Punx Picnic. Hulme, Manchester, c.1989. Photo submitted by Denise Sutcliffe.
Pat & Mavis. Margate, 1964.
Photo submitted by Sue McIndoe.

Sue: “This is my sister Pat and her friend Mavis on the beach at Margate, 1964. Apparently, it wasn’t seen as a bad thing to have the same outfit as your mate back then!”
East Garforth, Leeds 1982. Photo submitted by Heather Griffiths.
Wigan, 1985. Photo submitted by Paul Glynn.

Paul:’Best years of my life. Our breakdance crew were called Street Style Rockers’.
Having a kick-a-bout in the shadow of Carrington Power Station. Irlam, Salford, 1994. Photo submitted by Andrew Smith.

The images featured are a small selection from our archive. You can also see a selection of the archive on our People’s Archive Instagram page here. 


By submitting your image(s) to The People’s Archive you agree to the use of your image(s) for press/promotional use, books, prints, displays and exhibitions. As a non-profit resource any funds raised using the images will be put towards our crowdfunder and help maintain and develop our archive.

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