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Manchester District Music Archive presents: Activist / Archivist. A Show & Tell event

Manchester District Music Archive presents: Activist / Archivist. A Show & Tell event

Hear fascinating stories from Manchester music’s movers and shakers

4 June 2016

4 June 2016, MDMarchive presents: Activist / Archivist. A Show & Tell event @ People's History Museum, image Roots Manuva at the Roadhouse © Al Baker

Time 12:00 - 17:00

Duration 5 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3

12.00pm – 5.00pm (12.00pm – 2.00pm: Scanning Room / 3.00pm – 5.00pm: Show and Tell)

Wise Move Concerts advert from City Fun issue 23, 1980 © Liz NaylorPassionate about Manchester music?  Interested in hidden histories?  Come to this event and hear fascinating stories from Manchester music’s movers and shakers, told through a series of rarely seen artefacts and materials.  Bring along prized items from your own collection and learn how to archive your music heritage online.

Manchester District Music Archive is a user-led online archive established in 2003 to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.  The website is a place for ordinary fans, clubbers, musicians, artists, photographers and DJs to document and preserve their own musical heritage.

Archives are closely linked with how we understand history and can be a site for resistance and celebration in challenging how history is defined.  This event will explore some of Manchester’s less visible musical histories whilst opening up access to rare and fascinating material, including objects from the People’s History Museum’s own archive.  It will reveal how music and politics are inextricably linked in our city’s history.

This event will bring together a diverse group of speakers who have helped to shape the landscape of Manchester music.  Each guest will present an object that is important to them (such as a photo, flyer, record, instrument or autograph) and tell its story.  These items will then be scanned or photographed and uploaded to MDMarchive’s online archive.

PSV club flyer, 1982 © MDMarchiveWe are also inviting members of the public to bring along something that is precious to them, which can be scanned and added to the online archive.  There will be a room set up for scanning artefacts and uploading them to the archive with volunteers on hand to assist you.

  • Do I have to bring an artefact to attend?
    There is no requirement to bring artefacts to this event, but if you have anything interesting we’d love to see it!
  • What artefacts can I bring?
    The only limitation is that it must relate to music in Greater Manchester, involving either bands/artists that are from Greater Manchester, or music events that took place in Greater Manchester.  We encourage everyone to bring anything that they think is interesting, ranging from ticket stubs, posters, fanzines and photographs to membership cards, artwork or something more obscure!  The purpose of the archive is that MDMarchive’s users decide what is important in Manchester music history.

This is event is part of MDMarchive’s continuing Manchester Music, Politics and Protest project.  It is being organised on behalf of MDMarchive by Joe Watson and Rory Cook as part of the University of Manchester’s Researchers In Residence programme.  Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Suitable for adults and young people

  • Treat yourself to 15% off in The Left Bank cafe bar and 10% off in the museum shop when you attend an event at the People’s History Museum
  • Did you know the museum holds the archives of the Labour Party and much more?  Check out the Archive & Study Centre pages for more information or to make an appointmentManchester Histories Festival

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