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In the last 30 days the archive has grown by 50 new artefacts, 18 new members, 22 new people and places.


Meet the Team

Alison Surtees

Alison is a producer, consultant and trainer, developing talent and projects across the creative sector, predominantly Film and TV. She currently manages social media and podcasting, website development, strategy and fundraising; events and exhibitions and partner relationships.

Matthew Norman

Matthew moved to Manchester in the mid 80s due to his love of the city’s music and his interest in its history and culture. He still lives in Manchester and works in public engagement at a national museum.

Abigail Ward

Abigail Ward is an award-winning curator, music producer, writer and DJ. She makes music under the name Ghoßt Assembly. She specialises in Greater Manchester music history; LGBT+ club culture; music and disability; and digital storytelling. She left MDMArchive in 2020.

CP Lee

CP Lee was the catalyst for the establishment of the Archive. His music knowledge, connections and humour put us in good stead for the future. A writer, performer, broadcaster and academic, he will be remembered and missed by us all.

Ashley Kennerley

Website Developer
Ashley is obsessed with both obscure music factoids and software interface design (yeah, really!) so MDMArchive has been a total passion project of his. He's spent the last 20+ years building websites for Manchester's finest festivals, record shops, venues, clothes shops, musicians and everything in-between.

Estelle Neuman

I have been a staunch supporter of MDM Archive for many years and I am thrilled to now be a trustee of this unique and inspiring digital archive. My skills are in fundraising and business advice and I look forward to being as useful to MDM Archive as it continues to grow and develop.

Cathy Brooks

Cathy Brooks co-founded the community radio charity Radio Regen which set up community radio stations across Manchester including ALL FM and Wythenshawe FM. She currently provides financial services to a range of voluntary sector organisations and has played bass with dub sex, dumb, Calvin Party and The Rainkings.

Michael Barnes-Wynters

Originally from Bristol, of Jamaican heritage, Michael is a charismatic instigator, griot and dedicated arts activist, who proudly hails from both Bristol and Manchester's music and underground club cultures. His Doodlebug ‘detonations’ inspired a generation as he introduced and nourished many leading lights, including Mr Scruff, Andy Votel and Luke Unabomber. Michael’s uniquely provocative graphic art and immersive audio visual ‘detonations’ remain watershed moments in Mancunian clubland folklore.

Karen Gabay

Karen Gabay is a music and arts tastemaker. A producer in TV, radio and podcasts, radio host and award winning social history filmmaker. A champion of telling Manchester histories, women in music histories and black music.

Darren Jones

Darren Jones is a Mancunian who has enjoyed a career in broadcasting for nearly thirty years working at dock10, Granada Studios, Lime Pictures, Yorkshire TV, and the BBC. Before starting in television Darren was the guitarist in Manchester band Rig who released singles on the Cut Deep and Dead Dead Good record labels in the early nineties at the height of Madchester.

Jane Donaldson

I’ve always been a lover of music of many styles and enjoy researching the history behind bands, artists and genres. Volunteering with MDMArchive gives me the opportunity to use my skills as an archivist but also to help bring images and stories from all to a public place for everyone to engage with and learn from.

Markus Hetheier

Markus Hetheier is an electronic music producer, researcher and arts facilitator. Currently, he is undertaking a practice-based and participatory PhD at the School of Digital Arts (SODA) within Manchester Metropolitan University working on a digital soundmap project investigating queer sonic geographies of Manchester.

Kate Mullen

Kate is an editorial associate at Duke University Press, where she works on books spanning the humanities and social sciences (including music!). She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and a master's degree in library science from Indiana University, and has worked in a number of music archives across the US. Her doctoral research focused on MDMArchive and the affective dynamics and equitable capabilities of community-based music archiving.

Heather Roberts

Heather Roberts is a professional archivist working with Manchester's Classical music collections. She leads the Greater Manchester Archivists Group and is administrator for the Connecting Manchester's Music Archives network.

James Zeiter

Electronic music producer, record shop owner, archivist and consultant for legendary Manchester bands.