Using the Collection

Use of material from the British Pop Archive in research and teaching and learning is encouraged.

Hannah Barker, Professor of British History at Manchester and Director of the John Rylands Research Institute, said:

"The British Pop Archive is a fantastic resource for a University with strong links to the creative industries. It provides unique material for a growing range of research and teaching at the University on popular music, TV and film history, counter-cultural movements and youth culture from the twentieth century to the present day, linked to our brilliant Creative Manchester research platform."

London Outrage 2 fanzine cover, 1977
London Outrage 2 fanzine cover, 1977

Access for researchers

Until the archives are fully catalogued, researchers’ access to the British Pop Archive is limited; access will be initially provided principally through our landmark exhibition.

Researchers wishing to know more about the content of the BPA or to access the archives directly are advised to contact:

Access is by appointment only, and it is essential to contact us well in advance. If you aren’t a member of staff or student at The University of Manchester you will be asked to provide proof of address and photo ID on your first visit.  

We hope to digitise key elements of the British Pop Archive in the future.