The People’s Archive

The People’s Archive is our evolving gallery and archive documenting and preserving photographs sent in to us by the public.

We have received hundreds of images from the public since the project began in 2017. These images are an invaluable resource that document and highlight working class communities, education, industry, leisure and the passions of everyday people living and working in Britain.

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Our aim is to produce an interactive archive and map that documents everyday life in Britain before the rapid rise of technology, smart phones and social media.

As well as our online archive we will be exhibiting the photos throughout the UK and ultimately in our first gallery space/community hub which we hope to set up in 2020.

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

CROWDFUNDER

As a volunteer led resource we rely on funding to maintain and run our archive for future generations.

You can HELP to SUPPORT the People’s Archive in return for exclusive limited prints, pin badges, exhibition invites and more via our current crowdfunder here

Terms

By submitting 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 maintaining and developing our archive and gallery.

Gallery

John Frost Square, Newport, 1980. Image submitted to our project by Darren Tutt.

Cramlington New Town, Northumberland, 1976. Thanks to Mark Rae for this great photo of himself (far left) with his dad, Sister Kate & Friends. Photo Taken by his mum Christine Rae. As Mark says "a bit of Kodachrome magic"
Cramlington New Town, Northumberland, 1976. Thanks to Mark Rae for this great photo of himself (far left) with his dad, Sister Kate & Friends. Photo Taken by his mum Christine Rae. As Mark says “a bit of Kodachrome magic”
Alsatian on the roof of the Castle Tavern, Edinburgh, 1985. Photo submitted by Graham Macindoe
BMX kids, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 1982. Photo submitted by Alan Morgan.
BMX kids, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 1982. Photo submitted by Alan Morgan.
Outside the Job Centre, John Frost Square, Newport, 1981. Photo submitted by Darren Tutt.
Burnt out Capri, Haggerston, East London, 1970s. Photo submitted by Wayne Waterson.
Brick Lane, 1988. Photo submitted by Graham Macindoe.
Oakworth, West Yorkshire, 1987. Photo submitted by Jonny Morrall.
The infamous Punx Picnic, Hulme, 1989. Photo submitted by Denise Sutcliffe.
Irlam, Salford, 1994.
Andrew Smith doing keepy ups in the shadow of the now demolished Carrington Power Station. Photo submitted by Andrew Smith
Keepy Uppy. Redcar Beach, Teesside, early 90s. Photo submitted by Mark Wall.

Mark: “These pictures were 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!”
Phil’s flyers. BMX action in Hartlepool, 1984. Photo submitted by @paulsid_ .
Killingworth, North Tyneside, early 90s.
Date night – Drinking in one of the many pubs on Regent Road, Salford, 1970s. Photo submitted by Jacqui Pollock.
Blackburn, 1978. Photo submitted by Andy Emmett.

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