The Batcave – 40th anniversary exhibition at the Museum of Youth Culture, Soho, London

Celebrating Soho’s legendary club The Batcave is a small exhibition dedicated to what was a central part of the Goth scene in London in the early 1980s.

Featuring photographs by Derek Ridgers and Mick Mercer, influential photographers of youth culture, The Batcave exhibition recounts the birth of the London Goth scene in the early 80s.

The free exhibition runs until April 4th 2023 – and it’s spurred me on to start scanning my photos from the scene. Expect an update soon!

More info

Museum of Youth Culture Shop & Gallery
95 Berwick St, Soho, W1F 0DW
Monday – Sunday: 12 – 6pm

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About the museum

Museum of Youth Culture is a new emerging museum dedicated to the styles, sounds and social movements innovated by young people over the last 100 years.


Championing the impact of youth on modern society, the Museum of Youth Culture is formed from the archives of YOUTH CLUB, a non-profit Heritage Lottery & Arts Council Funded collection incorporating photographs, ephemera, objects and oral histories celebrating our shared youth culture history.


From the bomb-site Bicycle racers in post-war 1940s London, to the Acid House ravers of 1980s Northern England, the Museum of Youth Culture empowers the extraordinary everyday stories of growing up in Britain.


Throughout the pandemic the Museum has received thousands of submissions from the general public through a highly successful online campaign, ‘Grown Up in Britain’ inviting the public to submit their own photographs showing us what it was like growing up across the country and challenging traditional stereotypes about young people.


Museum of Youth Culture represents the world’s most comprehensive collection of youth culture content tailored for the specialist handling of young people’s heritage.


A diverse youth engagement is at the heart of the Museum incorporating skills training, talks and workshops, helping to inspire future generations through the power of youth culture. We work together with writers and academics from The Subcultures Network to make youth culture history accessible to everyone.


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