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

(Flyer: The Summer of Lesbian Love, Hacienda, 1990. Credit: J. Scowl/Lucy Scher)

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

23rd March 1973PRESS ARTICLE
Free Trade Hall – 1963
23rd March 1979FLYER
Fast Cars / Snoopys Youth Club – fast cars
23rd March 1979ADVERT
Smirks – shivadescending
23rd March 1981ADVERT
Section 25 – shivadescending
23rd March 1983ADVERT
The Smiths – jsz
23rd March 1984FLYER
Inca Babies / The Hacienda – woodsman
23rd March 1984PRESS ARTICLE
Napoleons – Abigail
23rd March 1985FLYER
Oddies Bar (Royton) – dubwise-er
23rd March 1988CONTRACT
Jean Go Solo / The Boardwalk – Dale Jowett
23rd March 1991FLYER
Ruthless Rap Assassins – JK1
23rd March 1991PRESS ARTICLE
World of Twist – Dale Jowett
23rd March 1991PRESS ARTICLE
World of Twist – Dale Jowett
23rd March 1991PRESS ARTICLE
The High – Dale Jowett
23rd March 1992POSTER
George Borowski, The Little Big Band / Green Room – aliali
23rd March 1996PRESS ARTICLE
Ten Bar – doodlebug nuggets
23rd March 1996ADVERT
Buzzcocks – KHassall
23rd March 2006FLYER
Klondyke Bowls Club – storminateacup
23rd March 2006PHOTOGRAPH
Klondyke Bowls Club – storminateacup
23rd March 2007PRESS ARTICLE
Stranger Son Of WB – mat
23rd March 2012ARTWORK
Dave Booth – boothy
23rd March 2012TICKET
The Bridgewater Hall – Stephen Bailey
23rd March 2013TICKET
Johnny Marr / The Ritz – Stephen Bailey


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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ALL ARTEFACTS (15063)
DEAN JOHNSON
BERLIN
PRESS ARTICLE, 1992

1963
ERIC RANDOM, TILLER BOYS
VIDEO, 1981

SHIVADESCENDING
BADLY DRAWN BOY, JANE WEAVER
NIGHT AND DAY CAFE
PRESS ARTICLE, 2002

1963
10CC
STRAWBERRY RECORDING STUDIOS
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

PETER WADSWORTH
MOCO, NYLON PYLON, RYAN MINCHIN, TONY NAYLOR
JOHN WILLIE LEES
PROMOTIONAL ITEM, 2001

NINEACRE
UMIST (BARNES WALLIS BUILDING)
TICKET, 1980

PETER LANKY
ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC
OTHER, 1886

RNCMARCHIVES
STOCKPORT COLLEGE S.U.
PHOTOGRAPH, 1980

SPUD1957ROXY
ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS, THE DURUTTI COLUMN, GREASY BEAR, BRUCE MITCHELL
PRESS ARTICLE, 2002

1963
PHILIPPA JARMAN, KATH MCDERMOTT, MARC ROWLANDS, RYAN MINCHIN, MR (MOGSY) MORGAN, TONY NAYLOR
LEGEND
PRESS ARTICLE, 2004

1963
BUZZCOCKS, MORRISSEY, CATH CARROLL, LIZ NAYLOR, LINDER STERLING
PRESS ARTICLE, 1992

1963
ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC
GARMENT, 1968

RNCMARCHIVES
STOCKPORT COLLEGE S.U.
PHOTOGRAPH, 1980

SPUD1957ROXY
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