Anyone remember JFK’s?

By Rachel Smith, Curator of Social History & World Cultures

We have a diverse range of objects in our Social History collection, from the small yet significant, to the large and frivolous.

JFK's sign in store
JFK’s sign in store

In the store we have a huge sign from JFK’s nightclub, now C103, Union Street. Some members of staff at the museum have informed me that this was the place to be (or at least the place that everybody was) in the late 1990s. For some reason these same members of staff seem reluctant to share their stories of nights out in Plymouth. Perhaps some of you would care to share your memories of going out to JFK’s. Clean stories only please, don’t forget your mother, or worse still your children, may read this!

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6 thoughts on “Anyone remember JFK’s?”

  1. Back in 1998 when I was 17, I managed to get in for the first time, but after an hour or so was promptly confronted by a bouncer who demanded I.D. Having none I expected to be escorted out, but was given a reprieve! If I could drink a pink of lager through a funnel (beer-bong) I could stay. Having done the deed, my friend and I were allowed to stay and had a cracker of a night. Downing that pint certainly set it up!

  2. Where on earth did you get the sign and any chance it would be able to be purchased as I know of people who may be interested, I work in C103 now and it is still the place to be as last Saturday proved. 🙂

    1. Hi Dave, I’ve spoken to our Curator and this is her reply:

      “The sign was officially accessioned into the collection just before the beginning of the Stories from the Stores project. We felt that it was a valuable addition to the social history collections, having got various members of staff talking. However, it had been in the museum for a number of years prior to this and at this stage we do not know how it got here. As it is a collection item we have no intention of selling it.”

  3. Spent many a happy night here from around 1997 to 2000. Used to be easy to get in if you were underage. There was a time that I honestly thought it stood for “Just For Kids”!

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