About the British Pop Archive exhibition

The collection will launch on 19 May 2022 with an exhibition featuring highlights from the collection.

The BPA already includes some of the most iconic artefacts from this country’s pop history, modern-day treasures that have shaped our lives over the last century. Most of them have never been seen by the public.

Branding for the British Pop Archive
The British Pop Archive

Items in the collection

Amongst the BPA collections showcased at launch are personal artefacts and materials relating to the heyday of the Manchester music scene: The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order, The Hac̀§ienda, Factory Records, and the complete archive of Joy Division singer and lyricist Ian Curtis, part of which will be on display for the first time. The BPA also holds the archive of Granada TV.

Factory Records

Within these collections are revealing cultural touchstones such as Joy Division / New Order manager Rob Gretton’s original written vision for the band - their image, press plan and more that also set out a manifesto for the legendary Factory Records.

More information on how you can visit the exhibition will be available soon.