Collection: Launching the British Pop Archive
Explore Manchester stories from a new popular culture archive.
The British Pop Archive brings together the records and artefacts of UK popular culture, youth culture and counter culture from the post-war period to the present day. These collections represent the architects, players, venues and moments that were instrumental in shaping a lasting cultural legacy.
To launch the archive, this exhibition includes materials with a Manchester focus from the mid-1960s through to the mid- 2000s. Manchester’s vibrant cultural scene has long been a global symbol of innovation, creativity and social progress. This history, rooted particularly within music, TV and the arts, distinguishes the city as unique. On display are rare and unique items relating to Joy Division, The Smiths, New Order, Granada Television, Factory Records and The Haçienda.