Explore a London punk rock masterpiece at The Clash: London Calling, a free display at the Museum of London from 15 November 2019.
Back in March of 2016, we invited punks, both current and former, to a 'Show and Tell' event at the Museum of London. They brought along objects, photographs and stories from their punk days. We wanted to hear first-hand what London was like when punk exploded in 1976, from those who were there to witness it. The response was amazing, with over 100 people coming along to the museum with incredible tales from that wild time. Punk wasn’t just about the music – it was an attitude and a lifestyle, so it was important to us that we captured the passion and enthusiasm alongside the physical objects.
From the wonderful objects which were brought along that day, we selected some of the homemade and unique items which sum up punk in London. From customised t-shirts and handmade badges, to fanzines and scrapbooks, we added over 20 new objects to the museum's permanent collection. In addition, the 18 people we collaborated with on the project were all interviewed about their punk days, and these oral histories form a lasting, first-hand record of an extraordinary chapter in London's history. Let's meet some of our punks, and the objects they contributed to the exhibition.