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Dancing Through Time: from Pop to Punk in the City of Derby

Dancing Through Time: from Pop to Punk in the City of Derby is a project that will focus on discovering and celebrating the social clubs, dance clubs, dance movements and music scenes taking place in the city of Derby from the 1960s to the late 1970s. QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film, and Déda, Derby’s Centre for Dance, Movement and Creativity will celebrate this unique social history of Derby places and people in this partnership project generously funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.

Many people of Derby/shire and further afield will have memories of Derby’s infamous venues such as the Locarno, Clouds (then Cleopatra's) and the Ajanta cinema which unfortunately are now long gone, repurposed into things such as restaurants, or in some cases demolished, lost to time.

By covering the early 1960s to the late 1970s we will chart the social-economic history of Derby against the backdrop of great societal change in the UK - from the summer of love and a more permissive 1960s, through the dour 1970s – including the 3-day week, political unrest and blackouts, to the rise of Thatcher and the pending miner’s strike of 1984.

We are inviting you to help us record the photographs, flyers, posters, ticket stubs and related memorabilia from the time, and save this heritage - a heritage that speaks of a great time of change in UK history - and to secure it for future generations.

Over the next year until March 2025 we will be engaging various community groups accross Derby/shire in the herritage of this time – collecting memories and objects from people who were there and educating younger generations in the importance of securing these memories for future learning.

Ways to get involved:

  • Scan and share your images, memorabilia and stories via the form below.
  • Follow our dedicated Instagram page @DancingThroughTimeDerby [] and submit images using the hashtag #IWasThereDerby
  • Keep an eye on the QUAD & FORMAT newsletters, social media and webistes for updates on upcoming public events.

Dancing Through Time - Submission Form

Do you have a box of old Derby memories & memorabila in your loft? A folder stuffed away with dog-earred gig tickets, posters and flash-in-the-dark photographs? If so, we’re asking you to dig out these artefacts and be part of building a dedicated open access social archive webiste. If you would like to submit your items, please follow the link below which contains instructions on how to do this. If you unable to do submit via the form, don’t worry! We will be organising lots of events over the next year where you can bring your items to us. Keep an eye on our webiste for more information.

All items submitted and collected via our public events will be used to help us build a publicly accesible archive webiste which will be launched in mid 2024. Full terms & conditions about submitting to the project are available below.

If you have any questions about this project or ways to get involved, email [email protected]

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