Photo credit: Rachel Adams

I’m a musician, curator, DJ and producer, specialising in podcasting and audio editing.

I’m also a co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive – an online crowd-sourced archive established to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.

I curate exhibitions and events, usually with a strong community focus.

I recently acted as Consultant Curator on New Order’s box set re-release of their debut album, Movement.

As a DJ, I opened up for Doves at Warrington Parr Hall in March 2019 – their first gig in a decade.

I manage a number of heritage-focused websites, often in partnership with Pin Studio.

I work regularly as a freelance project manager for Drake Music – a charity that opens up access to music for Disabled people of all ages.

Other clients include: Boiler Room, NTS Radio, Manchester Metropolitan University, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Academy, The Refuge, The Lowry, Manchester Pride, People’s History Museum, University of Manchester, Liverpool John Moores University,  Red Bull Music Academy.

Selected exhibitions:

We Are Dynamite! Northern Carnival Against the Nazis 40th Anniversary exhibition at NIAMOS

Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music and Club Culture in Manchester at People’s History Museum

Defining Me: Musical Adventures in Mcr – a major exhibition exploring music & identity at The Lowry

Unknown Pleasures: a Joy Division exhibition at Macclesfield Museum

Moss Side Stories: an online exhibition celebrating black music and club life in Moss Side & Hulme

Selected public speaking engagements:

– Dave Haslam & Abigail Ward – In Conversation event, Trafford Word Festival, Manchester
– Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music and Club Culture in Manchester, University of Salford
–  It’s Alright: A Celebration of Manchester’s Rave Heritage 1985-1995,  Manchester Metropolitan University
– We Make Music Inclusive Music Festival, Amnesty International, London
– Connecting Communities Conference, University of Leeds
– National LGBT History Festival, Central Library, Manchester
– Putting Women Upfront, Women in Music panel, Ladyfest, Islington Mill
– Brix Smith Start & Abigail Ward – In Conversation event, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
– Jon Savage & Abigail Ward – In Conversation event, Bird’s Nest Cafe, Shrewsbury