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!


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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

28th July 1962PHOTOGRAPH
The Fourtones with Ricky Young / Three Coins – butch
28th July 1978POSTER
Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, John Cooper Clarke / Rafters – mat
28th July 1979FLYER
Distractions, Elti-Fits, Frantic Elevators, Jon the Postman, Joy Division, Ludus, The Fall, The Hamsters, Armed Force / Mayflower Club – hazywavydavy
28th July 1983FANZINE
Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, Frantic Elevators, The Out, Mudhutters, Mike Sweeney, Syncopation / 9 Lucy Street, Trafford – Abigail
28th July 1989FLYER
The Kitchen – dubwise-er
28th July 1990FLYER
The Boardwalk – dubwise-er
28th July 1990FLYER
The Boardwalk – dubwise-er
28th July 2002PHOTOGRAPH
Inflatable Heroes / Debdale Park, Gorton – transmission
28th July 2002PHOTOGRAPH
Inflatable Heroes / Debdale Park, Gorton – transmission
28th July 2002PHOTOGRAPH
Inflatable Heroes / Debdale Park, Gorton – transmission


EXHIBITIONS

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