preservation projects

We believe that everyone has an important story to tell about youth culture, whether you're a photographer, community organisation or the general public. Central to the museum's work is supporting people to preserve their stories for future generations.

We work with youth, community and heritage organisations to help them preserve their history. From a motorcycle club started by a vicar to a youth club with a collection of 20 photographs, each story helps us tell the incredible story of growing up in Britain.

Want to help us tell this story, get in touch at and we can work with you to digitise your photographs and ephemera.

Started by a motorcycle loving, East London vicar, the 59 Club was a youth club with a lot of speed.

The first stop in our Grown Up In Britain tour, we collected over 600 photographs of Clacton youth, from the 1910s to present day.

Part of Southwark Libraries, the Southwark Local History Archive's collections contained incredible stories of growing up in the borough.

The Busy Bee Cafe by the Watford bypass became a hotspot for teen bikers, with a motorcycle club emerging when it closed.

Launching Britain's first weed mag HomeGrown in the 70s, Lee Harris has been on the forefront of UK counterculture since the 60s.

Run by the Bede Association, the Lady Gomms Youth Club supports the teens of Bermondsey. Tony photographed the club in the 60s.

Caxton Youth Trust was set up in the wake of WWII for the teens of Westminster. In the 60s they were briefly known as Caxton Mod Club.

Launched by the Metropolitan Police in January 1946, the Sir Philip Game Boys' Club in Croydon is still a youth centre to this day.