- What is this site?
- So, where's the archive held? Is there a museum?
- How do I upload my artefacts and tell my stories?
- Who counts as a DJ?
- I want to add an artefact to a band/artist/DJ/venue that isn't already in the list. What happens now?
- I've tried to upload a picture but I got a warning. Help me please!
- I have some great artefacts but no way of getting them uploaded.
- What if I don't have an artefact to photograph?
- Why can't I add more than one venue to an artefact?
- What is an online exhibition?
What is this site?MDMArchive is a not-for-profit organisation run voluntarily by a handful of music-lovers. Our website is a place for people all around the world to upload their favourite Greater Manchester music artefacts and stories, and to let others know how important Greater Manchester music is to them, whether they are a fan, a musician or involved with the music industry itself.
We believe that by collecting these stories and scans virtually, we can help to preserve the social and cultural history of one of the most important and influential music cities in the world.
So, where's the archive held? Is there a museum?MDMArchive is an online archive, not a physical one. We curate temporary physical exhibitions in pop-up spaces and established venues. We also host events; provide information and training; and celebrate unsung stories in Manchester music through community outreach work.
How do I upload my artefacts and tell my stories?The site has been designed with user-friendliness in mind.
To upload an artefact, add a story or leave a comment you need to be logged in to the site. Do this by clicking the 'LOG IN' link in the green box at the top of the page
You will see two sections; 'I already have an account' and below, 'Create new account'.
If you don't already have an account you will need to fill in the 'Create New Account' section. Type in your email address and make up a password. (Remember this password - you will need it each time you log in).
You also need to have a Username - this is the name other people will see at the bottom of you uploaded artefact.
Once you have filled in all the above and read the sites Terms & Conditions, click the 'I Agree to the Terms and Conditions' button. You will then see a notice explaining that an email has been sent to you which you need to respond to to validate your account. Once you have done this then you are a full MDMarchive member! Congratulations... You are now a registered user.
To upload an artefact:
1) Click the 'Add Artefact' link (orange button at the top of the page). A new page will open. At the top you will see a link to give you some tips on uploading. If it's your first upload to our site we recommend reading it first.
2) When you're ready to upload an artefact click the 'artefact type' box. A dropdown menu will appear - carefully choose what type of artefact it is.
3) In the next box along you choose a date from when that artefact is from. If you can pin your artefact down to an exact date (e.g. a concert ticket) then you can add the exact date using the 'choose month' and 'choose day' drop-downs just above the the description box. If you have done this, your artefact will also be added to our calendar.
4) Next click the bands/artist box. Depending on your browser you can simply type in the first couple of letters of the band and venue you need and it will take you to those choices.
If your artefact doesn't relate to a Manchester band but is attached to a Manchester venue then you can leave the band as 'no band'.
5) Next choose a venue that your artefact relates to. If the band/artist is from Manchester but the venue isn't, leave the venue box as 'no venue'.
YOU MUST SELECT EITHER A BAND/ARTIST OR A VENUE.
6) Once you have completed the above you must add some text to describe what you are uploading. Please be as descriptive as possible... people around the world are interested in your story and this is why we have built this site! What is your artefact? Where did you get it? What does it mean to you? Who is in it? etc...
Please remember to credit the photographer or designer.
Remember that this site will still exist in years to come and there will be a whole new generation of music lovers interested in what has come before them.
7) To add the picture of your artefact you need to click the 'choose file' button. This will let you browse your computer to find the picture you want to add. Once you've done this click 'save artefact' and voila! After a few seconds you should be able to see your uploaded artefact as it appears to everyone else!
Please try and make your picture as clear and detailed as possible. If the picture you are uploading is a picture of a page of text, say from a magazine article, and you have scanned it at a decent size we may be able to convert the picture to actual text which we can add to your artefact. If this is the case please email us with the original scan.
Who counts as a DJ?We have decided that we will only accept DJs in our list that are primarily known for DJing. If your friend once DJd at a party, please do not add them to the list. Please only include people who regularly DJ and play to a crowd.
I want to add an artefact to a band/artist/DJ/venue that isn't already in the list. What happens now?If your artefact is linked to a band/artist/DJ or venue that doesn't appear to be in the lists then you can add them by clicking the relevant SHOW ALL BANDS / VENUES / DJs link at the top of the page and typing the name in the box. Please double check that the names have definitely not already been added (remembering that there may be variants in the names e.g. some people call the 'Carling Apollo', 'Apollo' or 'The Apollo' - look out for 'The'!) Please be extra careful not to add anything that is already listed and do NOT add bands, artists, DJs or venues that are NOT from or in Greater Manchester.
I've tried to upload a picture but I got a warning. Help me please!If this has happened it's usually due to one of two things: Either the picture you have tried to upload is too small for our site, or too big. Any pictures uploaded must be NO SMALLER than 400 pixels otherwise the site will not accept it. Our site automatically resizes uploaded pictures if they are larger than 400 pixels, if you upload a file wider than 800 pixels, a hi-res version will also be created that will allow other people to zoom in on your image.
I have some great artefacts but no way of getting them uploaded.If this is the case and you live in Greater Manchester, contact us as we may be able to visit you with a laptop, a scanner and camera
What if I don't have an artefact to photograph?Be creative! If you want to tell a story that involves Manchester music but don't have an artefact to upload with it think about what image you could add. Maybe you could simply scan the record or CD connected to your story, or take a picture of yourself outside the venue where it took place.
Why can't I add more than one venue to an artefact?If you are adding an artefact which is connected to more than one venue the event could be described as a 'Festival'. This would include events such as 'Sounds from the Other City' or 'Carling Live 24'. Please check that the festival you want to add isn't already in the venue listing.
What is an online exhibition?An online exhibition is a curated collection of digitised artefacts (scans , photos, images) that anyone who has access to the internet can view. Online exhibitions are like physical exhibitions, but they exist in cyberspace.
Abigail Ward, digital curator for MDMArchive, has been creating online exhibitions about Greater Manchester music since 2008. You can view hers here:
How do I create my own online exhibition within the MDMArchive website?First of all you must register to become a member here:
Then you need to have a go at adding some of your own artefacts relating to Greater Manchester music here:
There is advice on how to do this here:
Think about your subjectYou will need to give some thought to what you might like your exhibition to be about. It might be a ‘Defining Me’-style exhibition about your favourite moments in Manchester music. It could include a ticket from your favourite gig, photos of your favourite bands, flyers of the most important club nights in your life or press articles about a scene that was important to you.
Or you could create an exhibition about a certain area in Manchester, like Chorlton or Rusholme; or a particular scene, such as Manchester jazz, heavy rock or 1960s Beat music. Or you could focus on a Manchester music fanzine you have collected, or maybe do an exhibition on your unsigned band.
Create your exhibitionNext you need to go to ‘My Account’ and the click the ‘Exhibitions’ tab. Then click ‘Create Exhibition’. You will need to give your exhibition a name and add some explanatory text explaining the story behind your exhibition in the boxes provided. These are editable at any time. You can add a background image also. Don’t forget to save!
Find your artefactsThere are two ways to do this. You can drag and drop artefacts you’ve uploaded yourself into the box on the left, my clicking ‘my artefacts’. You can also search everyone else’s artefacts by putting a band or venue name in the ‘all artefacts’ search box.
You can browse our website in the usual way, via the main search box or via our ‘bands/venues/djs’ lists. Please note the main search box includes a ‘deep’ Google-powered search that also contains things like club night names and usernames.
When you have found the artefact you want, click into it and scroll to the bottom of the page where it says:
ADD TO MY EXHIBITIONS
If you'd like to add this artefact to one of your exhibitions, just click the Exhibition name below.
You can keep adding artefacts this way and then return to your account page to order then in the drag and drop panel.
PLEASE NOTE: You can easily put your artefacts into chronological order by clicking the ‘Reorder artefacts into date order’ button.
Add your textYou can now click the VIEW EXHIBITION link at the top of the edit box. In this view you can click though all of the artefacts you have chosen and add your own explanatory text to the lightbox. Please add YOUR OWN text to each artefact explaining why you have chosen it.
PLEASE NOTE: Your new text will not overwrite the original uploader’s text on our main website. The original uploader of each artefact will also be clearly credited in each artefact in your final exhibition. You must credit the photographer or designer of each artefact in your text wherever it is possible to do so. Don’t forget to save your text each time!
You can keep editing your text in this view whenever you like.
Share your exhibitionWhen your exhibition is finished use the Twitter and Facebook buttons to share it through social media. The best online exhibitions will be displayed on the homepage of the main MDMArchive website.
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