If you’ve used some of your time in quarantine to sort through old photos and have found some mementoes of your teenage years, or if you’re a teenager yourself, then this museum’s request might be very interesting for you.
The Museum of Youth Culture is “the world’s most comprehensive collection of youth culture content”. It’s a digital archive dedicated to collecting photos and mementoes from young people of every decade of the last century, from the flapper dresses of the 1920s to the punk mohawks of the 1970s to today. And now, the museum has issued its first call for submissions from the public within its “Growing Up in Britain” project.
The museum is looking for photos of your youth – it doesn’t matter when you were a teenager or what kind of photos you have, they’re all potentially great additions to the collection. All you need to do is submit them to the museum together with the story behind it. And even though the project is titled “Growing Up in Britain,” submissions from other parts of the world are very much welcome.
As part of this crowdsourcing initiative, the museum has also released a whole series of lockdown activities to do at home. Among museum worksheets and colouring-in posters, there’s also a “Memory Sharing Pack,” a tool that will guide you to discovering your own history by giving you tips on how to interview family members and dig up interesting details from their youth.
If you’re interested in submitting your photos and stories or would like to know more about the Museum of Youth Culture, you can check out its official website here.
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