Manchester District Music Archive
is a user-led online archive established to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.

We are a registered charity run by volunteers.

Est. 2003

Dates for your diary

(Image: A clubber's diary excerpt listing the artists seen at The Twisted Wheel in 1966-7. Uploaded by Layla Garner)

A Queer Revue! 
Friday June 3rd, 2016
Band on the Wall
8.30pm - FREE

On Friday June 3rd at Band on the Wall, Swan Street, writer/curator Abigail Ward will give a FREE talk on LGBT music and club culture in Manchester, marking the launch of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

The talk, which is part of acclaimed club night  A QUEER REVUE!, will explore how queer music culture in Manchester helped to redefine attitudes to sexuality across the city and beyond. It will feature rarely seen images and footage courtesy of Manchester District Music Archive.

The presentation will be held in The Picturehouse next door to Band on the Wall at 8.30pm. At 10pm the main venue will open for A QUEER REVUE! featuring DJ Greg Thorpe and some of Manchester's most talked about bands: LIINESHuskILL  and Ménage à Trois.

Tempted?

Booking for the free talk is via Eventbrite.
Booking for A Queer Revue! is here.

Activist / Archivist
Saturday June 4th, 2016
People's History Museum

12-2pm: Scanning session
2-3pm: Gig by A Quiet Loner – the museum’s songwriter in residence
3-5pm: ‘Show & Tell

FREE - book here.

Passionate about Manchester music? Interested in hidden histories? Join Manchester District Music Archive for a one-off event featuring stories from Manchester music’s movers and shakers, told through a series of rarely seen artefacts and materials. Bring along prized items from your own collection and learn how to archive your music heritage online.

Archives are closely linked with how we understand history and can be a site for resistance and celebration in challenging how history is defined.  Activist / Archivist will explore some of Manchester’s less visible musical histories whilst opening up access to unseen material, including objects from the People’s History Museum’s own archive. It will reveal how music and politics are inextricably linked in our city’s history.

This event will bring together a diverse group of speakers who have helped to shape the landscape of Manchester music. Each guest will  that is important to them (such as a photo, flyer, record, instrument or autograph) and tell its story. These items will then be scanned or photographed and uploaded to MDMarchive’s online archive.

Speakers:

Jayne Compton (Club Brenda/Switchflicker)
Heather Roberts (Royal Northern College of Music)
Bob Dickinson (City Fun fanzine/BBC/Vocal Harum)
Claud Cunningham (Black Angel)
Susan O’Shea (Ladyfest/MMU)
Andy Martin (Star and Garter)

More info here.

OUT! – An introduction to researching archives
Saturday June 11th, 2016 Central Library
Session 1: 10am-1pm
Session 2: 2pm-5pm

(The same session will run twice.)

FREE 

Join Manchester Pride & Manchester District Music Archive in the historic Chief Librarian’s room at Central Library for a lively training session on uncovering LGBT histories in Greater Manchester. Learn about viewing, handling and digitising rarely seen material held by a range of archives. Find out how you can contribute to the digital exhibition space at Archives+. This is a free, friendly event. All welcome!

OUT! is a project celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender histories across Greater Manchester using digital technologies. It is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by Manchester Pride.

This 3-hour training session, led by David Govier of Archives+ and Abigail Ward (Manchester District Music Archive), is aimed at equipping LGBT history enthusiasts with the skills required to interrogate archives and open up access to our city’s LGBT histories, which, due to legislation and social stigma, have often remained hidden.

This event will appeal to those interested in contributing to Manchester District Music Archive's Queer Noise project.

Booking & more info via Eventbrite.
Proud to be part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

OUT! – An introduction to recording oral histories
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Saturday June 18th, 2016
10am-4pm

FREE – book a place

Join Manchester Pride & Manchester District Music Archive for a day of training on recording interviews and oral histories within the LGBT community. This event is part of OUT! – a Heritage Lottery-funded project exploring hidden LGBT histories in Greater Manchester. Learn how to capture spoken word recollections and preserve them for future generations. This is a free, friendly event and lunch will be provided. All welcome!

OUT! is a project celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender histories across Greater Manchester using digital technologies. It is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by Manchester Pride.

This event, led by Dr Fiona Cosson (MMU) and Abigail Ward (Manchester District Music Archive), will be a fun and friendly day aimed at equipping LGBT history enthusiasts with the skills required to record and preserve oral histories for future generations.

It will be of particular interest to members of the community who feel they would like to contribute to Manchester District Music Archive’s Queer Noise project.

Booking & more info via Eventbrite.


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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

31st May 1860PHOTOGRAPH
Besses O' Th' Barn Band – Missus_IP
31st May 1969FLYER
The Twisted Wheel – Abigail
31st May 1974TICKET
Free Trade Hall – Robin
31st May 1974PHOTOGRAPH
Free Trade Hall – mark shaw
31st May 1974PHOTOGRAPH
Free Trade Hall – mark shaw
31st May 1974PHOTOGRAPH
Free Trade Hall – mark shaw
31st May 1978TICKET
Free Trade Hall – kifs
31st May 1979PHOTOGRAPH
Fast Cars – fast cars
31st May 1980FLYER
Manchester Polytechnic Cavendish House – amberlight
31st May 1984FLYER
Simply Red / Manhattan Sound – dubwise-er
31st May 1986TICKET
The Boardwalk – WithyBlue
31st May 2001TICKET
Vinny Peculiar / Jabez Clegg – Tony/Longfella
31st May 2001POSTER
John McCready, Abigail Ward / Centro Bar – Abigail
31st May 2002TICKET
Born Idle / The Phoenix Club (Bolton) – foz
31st May 2002FLYER
Born Idle / The Phoenix Club (Bolton) – foz
31st May 2003FLYER
Wattle & Daub, Fowler, Dj Cheeky, Damijd Goodz / Band On The Wall – fowler
31st May 2004FLYER
Disco Operating System, Illuminati / Cord Bar – dave
31st May 2005TICKET
Academy 2 (Main Debating Hall) – John Ellis
31st May 2006POSTER
King's Arms – SSDylan
31st May 2008PHOTOGRAPH
No Tokyo – transmission
31st May 2008PHOTOGRAPH
The Torrents / Moho Live – transmission
31st May 2015POSTER
Gnod / Islington Mill – Keswicklemon


EXHIBITIONS

City Fun - The Hidden History of Manchester's Post-Punk Fanzines
Moss Side Stories - the Hidden History of Moss Side and Hulme Club Culture
Queer Noise - The Hidden History of Manchester's Gay Music Culture
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ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS, JOHN DOWIE AND THE HARD UPS
ADVERT, 1978

SHIVADESCENDING
ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS
PRESS ARTICLE, 1977

SHIVADESCENDING
ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS
ADVERT, 1976

SHIVADESCENDING
BUZZCOCKS, TILLER BOYS, PETE SHELLEY
RUSSELL CLUB
PRESS ARTICLE, 1978

SHIVADESCENDING
THE FRESHIES, CHRIS SIEVEY
PRESS ARTICLE, 1978

SHIVADESCENDING
BUZZCOCKS, X-O-DUS/EXODUS
ALEXANDRA PARK (FESTIVAL)
PRESS ARTICLE, 1978

SHIVADESCENDING
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