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
Charity no. 1164179

MDMarchive wins Heritage Lottery support for Rebel Music project

(Photo: Paradise Factory,1993 (L-R) Lee Baxter, David Hoyle © Dave Kendrick)

Manchester District Music Archive has received a £46k grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a groundbreaking digital and physical music heritage project in Manchester. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, Rebel Music: The Sound of Politics and Protest in Manchester explores the intertwined histories of music and political activism across the ten boroughs of the city. The project will focus in particular on the achievements of two under-represented groups: women and the LGBT+ community.

Throughout the project, Manchester District Music Archive will be working with teams of volunteers from the two communities to co-produce a programme of events, two physical pop-up exhibitions, a series of digital exhibitions, six short films and three guided heritage walks. The volunteers will also access training on how to preserve and share their own musical heritage. The first physical exhibition, Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music & Club Culture in Manchester, will be held at the People’s History Museum from July-September 2017 as part of Never Going Underground 2017, a major exhibition marking 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. The second exhibition, Woman: Breaking The Rules is slated for February 2018 (venue TBC) and will coincide with 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage.

Manchester District Music Archive is a crowd-sourced digital community archive established to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history. The Rebel Music project will allow MDMA to update its website and online archive, making it easier for the general public to upload their own music artefacts such as photos, posters, press articles, DJ mixes and videos.

Commenting on the award, MDMA co-founder and project leader said Abigail Ward said: “We are thrilled to have been give the opportunity to celebrate and work with two communities who have had an enormous impact on Manchester music. Women and LGBT+ people have shaped some of Greater Manchester’s most vibrant and innovative music scenes, yet their contribution is all too often overlooked.”

Nathan Lee, Head of HLF North West said: “Hot on the heels of LGBT+ History month we celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th of March. It’s fantastic that, thanks to National Lottery players, we can support this project and help to shine a light on some of Manchester’s less visible musical heritage from women and LGBT+ groups.”

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact: info@mdmarchive.co.uk for more information.


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MANCHESTER ACADEMY MEMORIES: CONCERTS & CLUB LIFE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER 1963-2016 BY Abigail

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

26th April 1970FLYER
Electric Circus @ Mr Smiths – redmist
26th April 1976PHOTOGRAPH
Tameside Theatre – Fr Ratzi
26th April 1977FLYER
Slaughter and the Dogs, Ed Banger / The Oaks Hotel – Robin
26th April 1977OTHER
The Electric Circus – Martin Ryan
26th April 1980POSTER
A Certain Ratio, Section 25 – shivadescending
26th April 1980TICKET
Manchester Polytechnic Cavendish House – 9thjuly1976
26th April 1981BACKSTAGE PASS
Mike Harding / The Apollo – kifs
26th April 1985MASTER TAPE
New Order – jsz
26th April 1987FLYER
The Boardwalk – mick_pye
26th April 1990FLYER
A Certain Ratio, Jon Dasilva / International 2 – 1963
26th April 1990BACKSTAGE PASS
Inspiral Carpets – 1963
26th April 1990AUTOGRAPH
Howard Devoto – Red hot pepper
26th April 1991TICKET
International 1 – WithyBlue
26th April 1994ADVERT
Genius Beat, Culture Spirit Freak / The Boardwalk – dubwise-er
26th April 1996PROGRAMME
Oasis / Maine Road (MCFC) – Gaz Shaw
26th April 2003FLYER
Beecher / Cyprus Tavern – storminateacup
26th April 2009VIDEO
Doves / Academy 1 (Manchester Academy) – Rod Connolly
26th April 2010RECORD / CD
The Fall – WithyBlue


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City Fun - The Hidden History of Manchester's Post-Punk Fanzines
Moss Side Stories - the Hidden History of Moss Side and Hulme Club Culture
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808 STATE, BITING TONGUES, TOOLSHED, GRAHAM MASSEY, PADDY STEER, HENRIETTA SMITH ROLLA, PART TIME HELIOCENTRIC COSMO DRAMA AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
THE WONDER INN
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808 STATE, JON K, KELVIN BROWN, DENIS JONES, GRAHAM MASSEY, ILLUM SPHERE, KIDKANEVIL, HENRIETTA SMITH ROLLA, DEMDIKE STARE, MANHATTAN RESEARCH TRANSFER PROJECT
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