The Museum of Club Culture

celebrating the past, present and future of club culture around the world !

The worlds first and only Museum of Club Culture opened in Hull at No10 Humber Street spearheading the establishment of a creative and cultural quarter in Hull's idiosyncratic and historic Fruitmarket has now relocated to Suite 5, Bond 31, 42 High St., Hull, HU1 1PS. This unique space hosts a cluster of projects and multi-media themed exhibitions which chronicle and celebrate past and present night-club cultures and streetstyles from around the world. The Museum is curated by artists Mark Wigan and Kerry Baldry.

The museum looks behind the stereotypes and champions the cultural significance of nightclubs and streetstyle and the important role that they have played in shaping modern culture. Its key themes are club culture as a form of meaning and identity and the importance of memory, history and community.

Club Culture is a wide ranging field and the museum provides insights on its cultural effects and issues drawn from sociology and cultural studies such as social capital, identification, hierachies within groups, post-modern stylistic flux and fragmentation and revivals, authenticity, the body, gender, fetishism, peer group norms, globalisation, consumption and commodification.

The museum's specialist and extensive archival collections will include dress styles, artefacts, music, memorabilia, articles, books,international case studies,oral histories from clubbers, data bases, illustrations, film, video and reportage photography chronicling the subterranean world of night-clubs throughout history. Every night owl, party monster, mover and shaker, dance style, subcult and micro -movement will fall under the museums spotlight.

The museum will focus on diverse club culture formations and their shared rituals,conventions,concerns and values within a background of historical, cultural, economic and political change.
Case studies are drawn from many genres and eras including prohibition speakeasies and jazz age flappers to zoot suits and french zazous, beatnik hipsters, teddy boys, rockabilly rebels, to discotheques, mods and scooterists, rockers, ton up boys, hippies, skinheads, soulies, punks, new romantics, rastafarians, rappers, breakers, fetishists, goths, cybergoths, metalheads, casuals, ravers, uk asian underground, riot grrls, skaters, rappers, grunge, drum n bass, scenes such as trance, queer, emo, garage, burlesque, grime and the branded dance music super clubs and virtual internet clubs.

The museum also has an educational mission to provide opportunities for young creative practitioners, students and communities in the city to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and contribute to the creative industries by providing advice and guidance through a programme of workshops, lectures, screenings and seminars.

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