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Mods: Shaping a Generation

Updated: Apr 14, 2019

Join us for 3 events, all about the Mods scene here in Leicester Exhibitions Films and Festivals

Mods: Shaping a Generation tells the story of the 1960’s Mod scene in Leicester and Nottingham and how they were connected, concentrating on the themes of social, financial and creative freedom via exclusive first-hand eye witness accounts and unpublished images.

The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of The Who’s cult Mod film, Quadrophenia, and will include Roger K Burton’s original 1960’s clothing as seen in the film, along with original scooters and other ephemera. The exhibition also re-visits legendary hang-outs visited by the Leicester and Nottingham Mods including The Nite Owl, The Il Rondo and the Dungeon.

An exhibition inspired by Mod culture made by young people in Leicester will run alongside the museum exhibition at Soft Touch Arts.

A partnership with Soft Touch Arts and Arch Creative and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and BID Leicester.

Exhibition Dates: 13 Apr 2019 - 30 June 2019 Monday - Friday 11:00 - 16:30 Saturday

Sunday 11:00 - 17:00 at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester

Leicestershire, LE1 7EA



Mods 19:64

“Anybody who was a Mod will probably say the same thing, that it had an incredible effect on us all and it has stayed with us throughout our lives. The whole thing was about style; style in what you do, what you read and what you wore...” Terry Wilford

1964 was the year when Mods and Rockers fought on the beaches of southern England and Mod philosophy exploded unapologetically into UK mainstream culture. For many, life would never be the same again.

Mods 19:64 is a stunning black and white photographic exhibition that captures Leicester and Nottingham Mods from that remarkable year as they are today in 2019 – 19:64. Hosted in the Spotlight Gallery at the LCB Depot, most of the images were taken outside iconic Mod related buildings in both cities such as the Dungeon nightclub in Nottingham and the Il Rondo in Leicester. Photographs by Joe Nixon (Arch Creative). Words by Shaun Knapp.

15th – 29th June 2019 Free admission

Hosted in the Spotlight Gallery at the LCB Depot Rutland Street Leicester



The Quadrophenia Experience with Roger K Burton & Alan Fletcher

"One Saturday we were approached by a film art director who was looking for original 60s clothes for a forthcoming movie about Mods called Quadrophenia, which was backed by The Who. He wanted to know if we could supply them…" Roger Burton

Join Roger K Burton and Alan Fletcher for a talk and Q&A on their lives as Mods in Leicester and Nottingham during the 1960s and their roles within the cult film, Quadrophenia.

Newark author Alan Fletcher wrote The Mod Crop Trilogy, a trio of books based on his life as a Mod in Nottinghamshire during the 1960s. Alan also wrote Quadrophenia (the novel) and was a story consultant on Quadrophenia (the film).

One of the most established and well-known costume designers in the UK today, Roger K Burton has worked in music videos, television, films and commercials since the late 1970s. With over 50 years' experience of collecting vintage street fashion, Roger supplied original clothing to the 1979 cult film Quadrophenia before establishing the Contemporary Wardrobe Collection which provides street fashion to TV and film.

Tickets for the Q&A event £5, to book please contact the museum on 0116 225 4920.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 6ZG

Event Time: 13 Apr 2019 Saturday 14:00 - 15:30


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