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To celebrate Greater Manchester music, protect its heritage and promote awareness of its cultural importance
To celebrate Greater Manchester music
To raise awareness of the influence of Greater Manchester music and highlight unsung eras in its history
To protect vulnerable collections pertaining to Greater Manchester music
To record and document the memories of fans, artists and industry alike
To facilitate exhibitions and events about Greater Manchester music that target as broad an audience as possible
To develop a not-for-profit self-sustaining organisation to achieve the above
To prevent the disappearance of artefacts by uncovering vulnerable collections and identifying an appropriate ‘home’ for them
To approach (and encourage approaches from) people wishing to share their experiences of Greater Manchester music and document these oral histories in a variety of media
To raise public awareness of such collections by organising events and exhibitions in a variety of easily accessible, ‘down-to-earth’ venues as well as in traditional exhibition spaces
To provide an online resource/virtual archive that will map the evolution of Greater Manchester music from a chosen start point
We will tell the story of Greater Manchester music with historical accuracy
We will be the trusted ‘caretakers’ of the collective memory
We will be a flexible and responsive organisation that listens to community opinion
Matthew Norman Co-Founder
Matthew Norman is a freelance filmmaker, artist and photographer. A member of the highly-respected Salford-based film collective 'Soup', Mat has worked with Doves, Elbow, Rebelski, Lamb and Graham Massey of 808 State. He has also directed several acclaimed documentaries for Urbis. Since founding MDMArchive in 2003, Mat and fellow co-founder Alison have built an impressive archive of filmed interviews featuring Manchester music luminaries such as Johnny Marr, Phil Moss, Graham Nash, Tony Wilson and John Mayall. Mat managed the highly successful 'Blues and Gospel Train Came To Chorlton' event for MDMArchive and also put together the Manchester room of the Urbis punk exhibition, ‘Sex, Seditionaries and the Sex Pistols’.
Alison Surtees Co-Founder
Alison Surtees co-founded MDMArchive in 2003 with Matthew Norman. She develops strategic partnerships and business growth for the project alongside expanding the filmed archive with Mat. In her role as Project Co-ordinator for Creative Industry in Salford, Alison works on fundraising and project management across Salford. She is also a freelance camerawomen and a former Media Studies lecturer at the University of Salford.
Dave Rofe Chairperson
Former ACR drum roadie and renowned Hacienda DJ Dave Rofe now manages Doves and Cherry Ghost. He joined the MDMArchive board as Secretary in 2004 has contributed greatly to the strategic development of the project ever since.
Abigail Ward Project Manager
Abigail Ward is a freelance writer, DJ and project manager. She joined MDMArchive as Chairperson in 2004. She is a veteran of Manchester's record shops, having worked at Vinyl Exchange, Kingbee and Piccadilly Records. She DJs regularly across the city, holding residencies at The Mint Lounge, Cornerhouse and Odd Bar. She co-ordinated the funding and development of the award-winning MDMArchive website, and recently curated 'Moss Side Stories' - an online exhibition celebrating club culture in Moss Side and Hulme. In 2008 she oversaw the editing and publication of '1 Top Class Manager - The Notebooks of Joy Division's Manager', and in 2010 curated 'Unknown Pleasures' - a Joy Division exhibition at Macclesfield Museum with Jon Savage.
CP Lee Treasurer and Spokesperson
Cultural historian, author, performer and lecturer Dr CP Lee has written widely about Manchester music. He joined the board in 2004 and has since represented MDMArchive on TV, radio and at two seminars. CP fronted legendary art punk band Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias.