British Culture Archive on display at The Social

British Culture Archive on display

British Culture Archive has gone on physical display for the first time.

Celebrating music, fashion, politics and passions of British culture, the essential online archive is exhibiting at The Social now.

The archive highlights the changing face of British society and culture through social and documentary photography.

“Britain is a cultural melting pot influenced by other nations,” said Paul Wright, from British Culture Archive.

“We take a look back at everyday life growing up in our towns and communities.

“The music, fashion, politics and passions that defined and united us through good times and bad times.”

British Culture Archive images on display at The Social
Installation shot: British Culture Archive at The Social

British Culture Archive

Set up in 2017, BCA is a non-profit project documenting and highlighting British culture and society through documentary and social photography.

Its mission is to educate, inspire and engage people by curating online galleries, events and exhibitions – highlighting the changes of everyday life and society prior to the rapid rise of technology, smart phones and social media.

BCA works with established and upcoming photographers, showcasing their work on its blog and online galleries as well as in exhibitions across the UK.

Its ongoing project The People’s Archive documents and preserves the hundreds of images submitted by the public.

Online galleries and archives include images ranging from the 1960’s Mod Scene, Northern Soul and Punk through to Thatcher’s Britain, social housing, industrial decline, regeneration, Acid House, protests and more.

The first physical exhibition features work by seminal documentary photographers Tish Murtha and Rob Bremner as well as up-and-coming photographers including Richard Davis.

Spanning several decades of British culture, it was curated by founder Paul Wright especially for The Social.

Installation shot: British Culture Archive
Installation shot: British Culture Archive at The Social


A recent Crowdfunder project to support BCA’s work was ‘hugely successful’.

However, it now needs long-term support to raise £50,000 to help establish The People’s Archive – a permanent free gallery space and community hub in the North West.

The People’s Archive will be an accessible and inclusive space showcasing the archive.

It would also host guest exhibitions and community-based events and workshops for schools and groups in the region.

Find out more about the Crowdfunder here.

Exhibition details

The British Culture Archive exhibition is open every day during normal opening hours at The Social, Little Portland Street, London.

It is free and no booking is required.

As a bar, music venue and exhibition space, The Social is a relaxed venue.

For more information on BCA click here.

Spectrum Photographic is the print sponsor. We produced C-type Matt prints mounted to PVC for the show.

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