The People's City: An Archive of Mancunians at The Refuge

Showcasing life before social media and mobile phones, The Refuge hosts the British Culture Archives' The People's City exhibition.

By Alex Watson | 10 January 2020

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Happy Mondays fans at the gig at Elland Road, 1991. Credit: Richard Davis / British Culture Archive

Launching on Thursday 30th January is the first of the 2020 cultural programme at The Refuge, a residency from the British Culture Archive.

The exhibition, ‘The People’s City’ will launch with a huge party in association with Proper Magazine. There will be guest DJs including Paul Wright, Neil Summers, Luke Unabomber, Glenn Kitson, Abigail Ward and plenty more to be confirmed.

Punx Picnic, Hulme, Manchester, c1989. Image supplied by Denise Sutcliffe to British Culture Archive.

Manchester early 90s. Credit: J.C. Leach / British Culture Archive

The British Culture Archive is a registered non-profit resource set up to document, highlight and preserve the changes in British society and culture through social and documentary photography.

The exhibition includes a truly stunning selection of images from featured photographers that capture the very essence of what made Britain one of the world’s most culturally diverse countries from the 1960’s onwards.

Hulme, Manchester c.late 80s. Credit: Richard Davis / British Culture Archive

Showcasing the work of Peter Walsh, photographer from Manchester’s City Life Magazine, Richard Davis a British social documentary and portrait photographer and also Rob Bremner.

Alongside this is the ongoing project British Culture Archive, The People’s Archive which documents the images of everyday life, working-class society and culture in the UK.

Hulme, circa late 80s. Credit: Richard Davis / British Culture Archive

‘I have a dream’. Poet & writer Lemn Sissay. Hulme, Manchester early 90s. Credit: Richard Davis / British Culture Archive

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British Culture Archive presents The People’s City Exhibition

Find Out More

Where: The Refuge,
When: Thursday 30th January 2019 (until Spring)
Time: Open from 5pm


The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA