The offspring of Sleazenation (PYMCA) have been awarded a lottery grant to start restoring a vast archive of subculture photography that documents Britain’s subcultural history over the past 60 years
Sleazenation magazine was curated by Adam Dewhurst and Jon Swinstead, ran for around 20 years and eventually published its final issue in 2003, but it’s cultural significance is still making an impact on our society today. It is a resource that traces the trends that grew from the streets of London into the mainstream and documents how subcultures became dominant cultures, how trends were launched, rose through time, faded into insignificance and were reborn as vintage or classics.
The lottery funding is the first step towards the dream of creating a museum focused solely on the massive impact that youth culture has had in Britain from the 1950s up to the present day and the £69,000 grant will be spent restoring a vast photo archive, including pictures like this one of punks in King’s Road in 1983.
Project manager Jamie Brett said the Heritage Lottery Fund grant was the best thing that could of happened, “…through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are incredibly excited to begin the ever important task of preserving youth culture heritage in the UK…We would like it to be in the capital because the cornerstone of the collection is London-based.”
The aim of the project is to improve the understanding of Britain’s diverse social and subcultural history, with the image archive featuring of 15,000 pictures dating back to the 1950s and will improve accessibility and understanding of Britain’s diverse social and subcultural history from the 1950s to the present day , bringing new life to YOUTH CLUB’s youth culture.