A new exhibition focusing on one of the most influential subcultures to emerge since the Second World War will go on display this Saturday (13th July) at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery.

‘Mods’ explores the stories of the original 1960s mods, the mod revival in the late 70s and the re-emergence in the last 10 years. It will display the key elements of the subculture, including music, fashion and style, and even their preferred mode of transport, the iconic scooter.

The exhibition, which is curated by museum staff and freelance archivist, Tory Turk will feature five scooters, photographs by Jamie Garbutt from his “Mods and Sods” portfolio, costumes donated by lead guitarist and singer from leading revival band, Secret Affair and local stories from Northampton people who have recorded their memories on film and loaned, clothing, artefacts and photographs.

In addition to the exhibition, a lively programme of events has also been organised, including a mod disco featuring local DJs, live music by tribute band Mod Revue and a special viewing of the exhibition for local scooter enthusiasts.
There will be a screening of Quadrophenia at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, adjacent to Royal & Derngate and Secret Affair will play live in the Guildhall on 13th September as part of their 2013 national tour.

Cllr Brandon Eldred, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, said: “Whilst ‘Mods’ will tell the national story of this influential subculture, the real focus of the exhibition is on the Northampton stories. Over twenty local people have contributed to the exhibition, sharing with us their experiences, memorabilia and fond memories of their mod days.
And don’t forget, the Modfather himself, Paul Weller will be performing at Delapre Park in just over a week’s time.”

The exhibition opens on Saturday 13th July and runs until Sunday 29th September. Admission is free and general museum open hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays 2pm to 5pm. To find out more about museum events and exhibitions visit: www.northampton.gov.uk/museums

MOD Flyer 650Scooters on way to NMAG 650