The British Culture Archive constructs an image bank from the last 50 years
They might be in a memory album or shoebox. But are more valuable pictures of your prized family? And might they be part of the cultural heritage of Britain?
After a crowdfunding appeal raised £ 10,000, a new exhibition space in Manchester plans to showcase the snapshots of everyday life of people in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
The People’s Archive collects and preserves images sent by members of the public online and can provide them with a permanent home.
Paul Wright founded the archive as part of his resource, The British Culture Archive, which works with documentary photographers to construct a pictorial record of social change in the United Kingdom over the past 50 years.

In this photo by Rob Bremner from the 1980s, two girls pose in Liverpool
Mr Wright, a lifelong photo enthusiast, started sharing pictures on his feed to Instagram.
“I was first drawn to pictures of the 1980s protests and strikes, most of the things I remembered growing up,” he retorted.
“Not only through my love of photography, I started the British Culture Archive, but also to highlight its role in documenting how social change has shaped our lives, passions and communities over the past 50 years or so.”

Paul Wright said Tish Murtha had “particularly powerful” images of Newcastle’s inner city in the late 1970s.

Mr Wright said in the 1990s, as photographed by Richard Davis, he was always fascinated by Hulme.
He said the conversations begin with the archives and memories reignite.
“Ultimately, it is about highlighting diversity and community spirit as a way of bringing people together,” Mr Wright appended.
He said that the response had “overwhelmed” him.
“It is all positive and we had messages from all over the world of support and appreciation. I met some great people personally and learned a lot along the way.
“We want to continue collecting and maintaining these images as a free and accessible resource and displaying them as widely and as far as possible.”

The Pier Head in the 1980s in Liverpool
Next year in Manchester, a permanent exhibition space and community hub will be opened.
Mr Wright said it would be showcasing The People’s Archive as well as exhibitions by photographers and workshops and events on display.

In 1967 holiday vacation in Southport

In 1977, children celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Queen in the West Midlands

Kids on bikes in Woodley, in 1976


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