For ‘Setting the Record Straight’, our four research interns made use of the Museum’s online archive and sought to challenge traditional narratives around youth culture and instead develop inclusive, diverse stories that champion the everyday experiences of being young. Their work also modelled ways in which the Museum’s online archive can be used as a rich primary resource for research.
Our four interns undertook projects on fast food and the spaces of youth culture (Eleanor Barnett), histories of leopard print (Lauren Eglen), the local and global geographies of Grime music (Jamal Langley) and the opening night of gay superclub Heaven (Emili Stevenson).
You can view the completed projects on the Museum of Youth Culture website. Eleanor Barnett’s essay on fast food was also printed on large boards at the Museum’s ‘pop-up’ on Carnaby Street, London, in winter 2020. You can also take a look at our CHPPC online seminar in which we discuss the research, along with questions about virtual or alternative museums, and ‘remote’ archival research during 2020 and 2021.
The collaboration with the Museum of Youth Culture helped us think about people, place and community in fresh ways, and involve new participants and audiences in the Centre’s work.