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Young creatives

Young Curators

Archive photo of the Barbican during construction

A free eight month programme to help you develop your skills in archiving and curation. 

Our Young Curators group met from November 2018 to June 2019 to learn about archives and curation in the context of the Barbican Art Centre and the Guildhall School of Music. The Young Curators group worked as a part of the Barbican’s Laying the Foundations project which was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

The Young Curators group worked with archivists, curators and mentors from across Barbican and the Guildhall School to explore the archive, before staging the two-day exhibition Forget Me Not which included a mix of newly commissioned works and archive material. The exhibition and work of the Young Curators group is documented online in the Barbican Long Read, Building the Barbican Archive: Forget Me Not.

To hear about more opportunities to develop your creativity, join Young Barbican now. Young Barbican is free and for anyone aged 14–25.

The Barbican Archive Residency

Join the Young Curators as they lead a free workshop on how to design and build your own archive. 

The Barbican Archive Residency is a weekend of free talks, workshops, films and pop-up installations showcasing material from the Barbican’s Archive as well as the collections from several guest London archives, exploring material relating to protest, experimental music, community video and much more.

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Join Young Barbican

Be there when it happens with discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as events and creative opportunities for 14-25 year olds


Illustration of the Barbican

Watch: Barbican, 1969 - from London Metropolitan Archives

This film from the London Met Archives, documents the development scheme for a residential area in the City following the destruction of the area after World War II and the start of building works in the Barbican. 

From the Archive: Barbican Guides

As we start to build a Barbican Archive, we uncovered every edition of the Barbican Guide. Documenting the range of events we've hosted since we first opened in March 1982, browse the first year of our monthly guide.

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