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

We are a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.

Est. 2003

Big Chip Awards 2014: best not-for-profit project

(L-R: Mat Norman, Ashley Kennerley, Alison Surtees, Abigail Ward and Big Chip hosts)

We are delighted to have won this year's Big Chip Awards best not-for-profit project gong.

The Big Chips are the biggest digital awards outside London and the longest running in the UK. They are run by and for the industry, not for profit - by trade association, Manchester Digital.The Big Chip Awards are for all things digital - from mobile apps to social media, from animation to websites, from digital brand to cloud software. 

The judges 'simply loved' our website. They described it 'as exactly what the internet was made for, a labour of love that couldn’t exist in any other medium'. And they were impressed by the way the revamp had extended both the scope and the reach of the site. 

MDMArchive first won the Big Chip not-for-profit award in 2007. Back then one of the judges described the site as being 'perfectly Web 2.0' in its thinking, and overall the judges loved the way it let the objects speak for themselves, as well as the way the site conveyed the enthusiasm of its creators for the subject. They felt it did everything it needed to do and no more, and as a result left plenty of room for a community to spring up around it. 

Thank you Big Chip!


GHAST UP BY Martin Ryan



1st August 1984FLYER
Gags, Lemn Sissay, Community Charge – dubwise-er
1st August 1986FLYER
Distant Cousins, James, Jazz Defektors, The Railway Children, 52nd Street / Platt Fields (Festival) – Debbie
1st August 1986PHOTOGRAPH
Jazz Defektors / Platt Fields (Festival) – Debbie
1st August 1986PHOTOGRAPH
Jazz Defektors / Platt Fields (Festival) – Debbie
1st August 1986FLYER
James, Jazz Defektors / Platt Fields (Festival) – dubwise-er
1st August 1987PRESS ARTICLE
The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Miaow, The Railway Children, Stockholm Monsters – shivadescending
1st August 1988FLYER
Gags, Kalima, Skol Bandeleros, T Dynamix, The Victor Brox Blues Train, Gone To Earth / Band On The Wall – dubwise-er
1st August 1991FLYER
Justin Robertson, Greg Fenton, Jam MCs, Nipper, Andy Madhatter, John Tracy / Konspiracy – nick grayson
1st August 1991PRESS ARTICLE
808 State – graham
1st August 1995TICKET
The Boardwalk – Tony/Longfella
1st August 1999FANZINE
Philippa Jarman, Kath McDermott, Unabombers, Marc Rowlands, The Divine David / Follies – Abigail
1st August 2001TICKET
The Roadhouse – Tony/Longfella
1st August 2006PHOTOGRAPH
Maria Jordan / The Roadhouse – transmission
1st August 2006PHOTOGRAPH
Maria Jordan / The Roadhouse – transmission


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