The People’s Archive

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

The images are an invaluable resource highlighting and celebrating real life as it was for many of us growing up in a time before the rapid rise of technology, smart phones and social media.

Our long term goal is to open a permanent exhibition space/community hub in 2020 where we can showcase the archive alongside events and exhibitions from our featured photographers.


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!’.
Caravan holiday in the Forest of Dean, 1980. Photo submitted by Jo Weaving.

Jo: “This is a picture of mum Sara and grandma Ethel with youngest sister Char around 1980 in the Forest of Dean. Family and cat would go on holiday 7 miles down the road and pitch up in an empty field. Dad would camp with us but get up and still go to work at Rank Xerox in the morning.”
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”.
Warrington, 1986. Photo submitted by Naomi Holden.

Naomi:”This was the day the cooling towers in the background came down. Myself and my sister were there to watch Fred Dibnah bring them down”.
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’.
Outside Captain Jim’s arcade, Kettering, 1981.
Photo submitted by Sean McManus
Having a kick-a-bout in the shadow of the now demolished Carrington Power Station. Irlam, Salford, 1994.

Photo submitted by Andrew Smith


As a non-profit resource we rely on funding and public support to maintain and run our archive for future generations.

If you appreciate the work we are doing you can SUPPORT The People’s Archive and help towards our permanent exhibition space and community projects via our Crowdfunder page


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

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 maintaining and developing our archive and gallery.


You can see more of the archive over on our Instagram page.

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