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

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

Manchester District Music Archive is proud to launch a new digital exhibition created in partnership with the University of Manchester Students' Union.

The exhibition, Manchester Academy Memories, documents the history of concerts and club life at the Students' Union from 1963 to the present day and has been curated by Abigail Ward (MDMA) and DJ Rod Connolly.

It features 435 digitised artefacts relating to artists such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Slits, Daft Punk, Björk, Nirvana, The Kinks, Adele, Prince and Led Zeppelin. Many of these items, which include tickets, photos, press articles and videos, have been uploaded to our archive by the general public.

But it's not just about the huge names that have passed through the University venues. This projects explores the social and political histories that are inextricably linked to the music. These are particularly evident in the cuttings that are included from student newspapers The Manchester Independent and the Mancunion from 1963 onwards. 

Fascinating stories include that of The Squat - a groundbreaking 'art lab'-cum-music venue held in the building of the University's former music college on Devas Street, in which The Fall, Warsaw (Joy Division) and Rock Against Racism staged early gigs. The Squat, as the name implies, was born out of a student occupation in the early seventies. 

The exhibition also attempts to highlight the more recent cultural legacy of the Manchester Academy venues, which are run as an independent social enterprise to generate funds for the Students' Union. Fittingly, the first gig at Academy 1 in 1990 was by Manchester punk icons Buzzcocks.

The project captures many great stories from true music fans: in 1968 a young audience member is gifted a harmonica by Captain Beefheart in the Main Debating Hall. In 1994 Jeff Buckley signs a copy of his Grace LP with an eerily prescient message. In 1995 a sixteen-year-old Julian Cope fan gets a full snog with tongues from her hero in the Academy!

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of our favourite stories from the exhibition through social media. Get involved!

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This project would not have been possible without our team of volunteers: Sarah Feinstein, Jane Donaldson, Joe Watson, Emma Gibbs and Dave Rofe.

Special thanks to: Ashley Kennerley, Ben Ward, James Peters, Sean Morgan, Eira Guest, Lou Elliott, CP Lee, Emma Gibbs, Rae Donaldson, Melanie Mudkiss, Steve Manford and all of our contributors.


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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

8th December 1964PRESS ARTICLE
Manchester University (see Academies) – Abigail
8th December 1984TICKET
Academy 2 (Main Debating Hall) – WithyBlue
8th December 1988TICKET
Manchester Polytechnic Mandela Building – dave
8th December 1989PROGRAMME
Royal Northern College Of Music – dave
8th December 1989TICKET
Buzzcocks / The Apollo – John Ellis
8th December 1990ADVERT
The Fall – KHassall
8th December 1990PRESS ARTICLE
The Fall – KHassall
8th December 1993RECORD / CD
The Chameleons, Mark Burgess, Mark Burgess & The Sons Of God / Band On The Wall – WithyBlue
8th December 1995TICKET
The Stone Roses – JSU
8th December 2000FLYER
Mildmanjan, Disco Operating System, JJ Howard, Daniel Weaver / Night And Day Cafe – dave
8th December 2002PHOTOGRAPH
Forena / Attic – transmission
8th December 2002PHOTOGRAPH
Forena / Attic – transmission
8th December 2003TICKET
Academy 1 (Manchester Academy) – Abigail
8th December 2003TICKET
Academy 1 (Manchester Academy) – mdma_volunteers
8th December 2005PHOTOGRAPH
Jakpot / Jabez Clegg – transmission
8th December 2005PHOTOGRAPH
Jakpot / Jabez Clegg – transmission
8th December 2007FLYER
The Castle, Oldham – Arnie
8th December 2007PHOTOGRAPH
Crispy Ambulance, Triclops, Graham Massey – dave
8th December 2007PHOTOGRAPH
Crispy Ambulance, Triclops, Graham Massey – dave
8th December 2012FLYER
Leagues Apart, Doctrines, The Brogue Kicks, We X Happened X Next, Esoteric Youth / Kraak Gallery – Joe.Watson
8th December 2014ARTWORK
Mark Corrin – CharlieB


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ALL ARTEFACTS (14860)
MUSIC EXCHANGE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2011

OT
BITING TONGUES, JOHN COOPER CLARKE, NICO
LIBRARY THEATRE
PRESS ARTICLE, 1983

GRAHAM
ACCIDENT ON THE EAST LANCS, THE DURUTTI COLUMN, THE FALL, DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS, EMERGENCY (1)
DEEPLY VALE (FESTIVAL)
PROMOTIONAL ITEM, 1978

1963
HARDROCK CONCERT THEATRE
ADVERT, 1974

1963
INSPIRAL CARPETS
INTERNATIONAL 1
VIDEO, 1988

MIKE
THE BRITON'S PROTECTION
FLYER, 1996

MIKE
DAVE BOOTH
KONSPIRACY
FLYER, 1989

ABIGAIL
ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
TICKET, 2009

ABIGAIL
ACCIDENT ON THE EAST LANCS, THE DURUTTI COLUMN, THE FALL, DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS, EMERGENCY (1)
DEEPLY VALE (FESTIVAL)
PROMOTIONAL ITEM, 1978

1963
ACCIDENT ON THE EAST LANCS, THE DURUTTI COLUMN, THE FALL, DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS, EMERGENCY (1)
DEEPLY VALE (FESTIVAL)
PROMOTIONAL ITEM, 1978

1963
THE PASSAGE, GRAEME PARK
PRESS ARTICLE, 1981

MIKE
BIG FLAME, THE BODINES, THE CREEPERS, DISLOCATION DANCE, INCA BABIES, MAN FROM DELMONTE, TOO MUCH TEXAS, TOOLS YOU CAN TRUST, IGNITION, POORS OF REIGN, DAVE HASLAM, DAVE ROFE, LITTLE MARTIN, RAM RAM KINO, THE RISK (2), NEW MORNING, SCARLET TOWN, DANCE LIKE THIS, THE MIGHTY FINE
THE BOARDWALK
ADVERT, 1986

ABIGAIL
NUMBER 1 CLUB
FLYER, 1990

ABIGAIL
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