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18 June 2021

Grown Up in Brent

A new exhibition by the Museum of Youth Culture – featuring Metroland Cultures Resident Linett Kamala – delves into the everyday memories of being young in Brent, told through photographs, stories and objects submitted by the public. Collected during a national lockdown, in the midst of a pandemic, these memories chronicle the highs and lows of teen life from the baby boomers to the class of COVID-19.

The exhibition explores the social history of Brent through the estates we live on, the histories of our parents and grandparents, and the scenes and sounds that defined our youth. The exhibition brings together photographs, oral histories, objects and personal stories, travelling through the themes of Home, Community and Hanging Out. The public is invited to add their own stories to a map of Brent, or submit their photographs to the project. The Museum worked with iconic youth culture hotspot Ace Cafe to showcase a bike from the infamous Daily Mirror cover.

Grown up in Brent is produced by the Museum of Youth Culture as part of Brent 2020 London Borough of Culture and with support from the Brent Museum and Archives. All stories collected will become part of the Brent Museum and Archives for future generations to enjoy. The exhibition runs at the Kilburn Library, 42 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NN until 1 August.