Saturday June 4th, 2016
People’s History Museum
Activist / Archivist
A Show & Tell Event
12-2pm: Scanning session.
2-3pm: Gig by A Quiet Loner – the museum’s songwriter in residence.
3-5pm: ‘Show & Tell
Jayne Compton (Club Brenda/Switchflicker)
Heather Roberts (Royal Northern College of Music)
Bob Dickinson (City Fun fanzine/BBC/Vocal Harum)
Claud Cunningham (Black Angel)
Susan O’Shea (Ladyfest/MMU)
Andy Martin (Star and Garter)
Booking advised but not essential via Eventbrite.
Passionate about Manchester music? Interested in hidden histories? Join Manchester District Music Archive for a one-off event exploring 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.
Archives are closely linked with how we understand history and can be a site for resistance and celebration in challenging how history is defined. Activist / Archivist will explore some of Manchester’s less visible musical histories whilst opening up access to unseen 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 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.
We 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 event 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.
Proud to be part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.
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