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Mods: Shaping a Generation


Mods: Shaping a Generation

“If you weren’t a Mod, you were a Rocker. If you were neither of those, you were nothing.” Polly Gray

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themes of social, financial and creative freedom via exclusive first-hand eye witness accounts, archive material and unpublished images.

The exhibition also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of The Who’s cult Mod film, Quadrophenia, and includes ephemera and original 1960’s clothing as seen in the film which has been provided by designer Roger K Burton. The exhibition contains a selection of scooters and will re-visit 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.

To coincide with the staging of the exhibition, StayPlayExplore have put together a very special short break offer that lets you explore the sites, sounds and stories that influenced so many young people. As well as visiting the exhibition, you can enjoy one night’s bed and breakfast, supper at a leading Leicester curry house and an informative tour of Leicester with local music historian, author and contributor to the exhibition, Shaun Knapp. All for just £139 for 2 adults!

Mods: Shaping a Generation is a partnership of Leicester City Council, Soft Touch Arts, Arch Creative, author Shaun Knapp and supported by Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and BID Leicester. 




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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7EA

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