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Grown Up in Britain - 100 Years of Teenage Kicks

Grown Up in Britain celebrates a century of teenage life from the roaring 20s to the youth of today.

Hannah Asprey / Museum of Youth Culture

Going beyond the headlines, Grown Up in Britain chronicles the everyday experiences and cultural impact of young people through photographs, objects and stories. Reflecting the diverse movements that have been forged by youth, the exhibition explores what unites us across generations and asks What Makes Britain?

Curated by and drawn from the extensive photographic collections of the Museum of Youth Culture, the exhibition is centered around public submissions representing people’s personal experiences of being young from across the UK, collected as part of the Museum’s ongoing Grown up in Britain campaign. We’ve all been young once, from first loves to first jobs, Saturday hangouts to family holidays - what do you remember?

Gursharanapal Singh Chana / Museum of Youth Culture

The Museum of Youth Culture is an emerging museum dedicated to the styles, sounds and social movements innovated by young people over the last 100 years. Championing the impact of youth on modern society, the Museum has been collecting photographs of youth and subculture movements for over 25 years. From the bomb-site Bicycle racers in post-war 1940s London, to the Acid House ravers of 1980s Northern England, the Museum of Youth Culture empowers the extraordinary everyday stories of growing up in Britain.

You can be part of this exhibition - send in your photographs, objects and stories of being young here:

The Museum is running several sharing events in the run up to the launch - bring along your photographs, objects and stories to be collected for the exhibition:


Images can also be submitted online via