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Dates for your diary

Dates for your diary

(Image: A clubber's diary excerpt listing the artists seen at The Twisted Wheel in 1966-7. Uploaded by Layla Garner)

OUT! – An introduction to recording oral histories
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Saturday June 18th, 2016

Join Manchester Pride & Manchester District Music Archive for a day of training on recording interviews and oral histories within the LGBT community. This event is part of OUT! – a Heritage Lottery-funded project exploring hidden LGBT histories in Greater Manchester. Learn how to capture spoken word recollections and preserve them for future generations. This is a free, friendly event and lunch will be provided. All welcome!

OUT! is a project celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender histories across Greater Manchester using digital technologies. It is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by Manchester Pride.

This event, led by Dr Fiona Cosson (MMU) and Abigail Ward (Manchester District Music Archive), will be a fun and friendly day aimed at equipping LGBT history enthusiasts with the skills required to record and preserve oral histories for future generations.

It will be of particular interest to members of the community who feel they would like to contribute to Manchester District Music Archive’s Queer Noise project.

Booking & more info via Eventbrite

In Conversation: Jon Savage & Abigail Ward talk 'Baggy'
The Birds Nest Cafe – Shrewsbury Market Hall 
Sunday 19th June, 2016
Tickets: £8 in advance
Buy here or from The Bird's Nest Cafe

Jon Savage (writer, social commentator, broadcaster & author of England’s Dreaming/Teenage/1966) in conversation with Abigail Ward (Manchester Music District Archive).

Preceded with a rare showing of the iconic 'Weekender' short by Flowered Up at 6-30.

The topic will be late 80s early 90s 'Madchester' and the Baggy musical scene that defined it - also under discussion will be the critically acclaimed album Jon produced for CTR last year "Perfect Motion 1988-93" and its distinctive take on the era. The Stone Roses, their influence, legacy and reformation will also be on the musical agenda. A must for fans of the music and culture of that era!

Followed by music with DJs Jon Savage/Abigail Ward & CTR Guests.

Listen to 'Perfect Motion' here.


Tickets strictly limited - £8 Advance. Please bring a print-out of your order confirmation for entry. 

We want your Manchester Academy memories!

Manchester District Music Archive & University of Manchester Students' Union are teaming up to celebrate 25 glorious years of gigs at Manchester Academy 1.

Together we are building an interactive online exhibition of images and stories, which will document the incredible history of all four Academy venues, from 1963 to the present day.

We'll also be exploring the cultural legacy of the organisation as a registered charity and independent social enterprise.

But we can’t do it without your help. We want you to upload your photos, ticket stubs, nicked set lists, autographs, videos, flyers and posters to MDMarchive, but above all we want your stories.

What was your favourite ever gig or club night at an Academy venue? Who was the most magnetic performer you've seen? Did you meet the love of your life at an Academy gig? We want to know about friendships forged, front row feats, spilled pints, lost keys.

We're talking: Jimi Hendrix, PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, The Cramps, Stevie Wonder, The Slits, Pink Floyd, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Wailers, Kylie, Daft Punk, N*E*R*D, The Zombies, Magazine, Nirvana, Prince, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Sandy Denny, The Au Pairs, T-Rex, The Stone Roses, Captain Beefheart, Gil Scott Heron, The Pretenders, Jeff Buckley, Roisin Murphy and Humphrey Lyttleton, who kicked things off in 1963. And we're barely getting started.

You can upload an image and a story to our archive right now, by registering here, or just get in touch with exhibition curator Abigail Ward at:

Get help uploading here.

If you don't have any images to contribute, don't worry, you can just share your memories in an email or interview.