The People’s Archive is our independent crowdsourced archive documenting everyday life and society in twentieth century Britain.

The archive gives a platform and an important voice to a diverse spectrum of society and communities across the UK. It’s an essential social document that highlights the changes of everyday life, society and culture before the rise of smart phones and social media – by the people who lived through it. 

The images cover all aspects of British life and highlight everything from childhood, industry, housing, fashion and popular culture.

Community Workshops

Our community workshops tackle social isolation and enable people to socially engage and tell their own stories through photography.

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 exhibition space for The People’s Archive in the North West which we are looking to establish in 2020/2021. You can find out more about the crowdfunder here.

The People’s Archive Galleries 1930s – 2000

A selection of The People’s Archive from each decade 1930s – 2000 can be seen via the dropdown menu on the title bar for this page.


For all submissions and general enquiries please email 


By submitting your image(s) to The People’s Archive you agree to the use of your image(s) for educational, press and promotional use. The images may be used in any of our official books, prints, displays and exhibitions. The images will be kept within the People’s Archive as a social document and will not be distributed to any external organisations. As a non-profit resource any funds raised using the images will be used to support and grow the archive and help fund our community workshops in the UK.