20sPeople is a season of exhibitions, activities and events from The National Archives that explores and shares stories that connect the people of the 2020s with the people of the 1920s.
Uncover the history of the 43 Club, an establishment as infamous for flouting licencing laws as it was famous for its atmosphere. Run by ‘The Nightclub Queen of Soho’, Kate Meyrick, the club was a magnet for the papers, largely thanks to the dawn raids that resulted from Kate’s contentious interpretation (or flagrant disregard) of the law. You can uncover more about Kate’s fascinating life below – she is part of our 20 People of the 20s series, in which we look into how life in the 1920s differs from the 2020s. Or you can watch our film, ‘After Hours: Kate Meyrick and the 43 Club’, in which one of the curators of our recent exhibition – The 1920s: Beyond The Roar – delves into her life through our records. You can view some of the records featured – and others – through our 43 Club in pictures page, displaying an overview of her life and legacy. Join our curators as they explore key moments from the decade, illustrating how the 1920s were a time of immense change and upheaval, on highlights tour of our exhibition.