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Section 28 March 1988: Audio Project

Protesters at the Anti-Section 28 Rally in Albert Square, 1988 © Manchester Libraries, Museums and Archives

On February 20 1988, 20,000 people came together in Manchester to protest against Section 28 – a much-reviled anti-gay law brought in under Margaret Thatcher that stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.

For my latest project, funded by Superbia, I am creating a sound collage-cum-audio documentary piece comprising people’s spoken word memories of the anti-Section 28 march and gig, interspersed with some archival news reports, crowd noise,  and music.

The idea is that people who attended the march will send me their memories via smartphones, rather than me interviewing in the traditional sense. As with many of my heritage projects, it’s a crowd-sourcing approach.

The piece will:

1. Be released as a podcast via Manchester Digital Music Archive.

2. Be uploaded to my Queer Noise online exhibition.

3. Be unveiled at a special listening event during the Superbia weekend hosted by Manchester Pride.

My aim is to weave together lots of of diverse voices and mini hidden histories through a series of short audio clips.

Here’s how to get involved:

1. Have a look at the questions I have posed here. You can answer as many or as few as you wish. Or you can just send me any memory that feels special to you.

2. Record your responses using your smartphone’s voice memo or video facility. Please remember to answer the question using a full sentence.

3. Send your memory to me by text or email and I’ll add it to the piece.

DEADLINE 12TH AUGUST 2018

If you are not a smartphone user, or you feel you’d like to speak to me in person, just get in touch and we’ll see what we can sort out.

I am very keen to collect photos and footage too. If there is enough visual material, this will be presented at the listening event also.

Please do tell any friends who may be interested. Feel free to share far and wide!

I am keen to create something truly atmospheric and inspiring.

My email address is: info@mdmarchive.co.uk.  I can send you my phone number over email.

Protesters at the Anti-Section 28 Rally in Albert Square, 1988 © Kath McDermott

Protesters at the Anti-Section 28 Rally in Albert Square, 1988 © Kath McDermott

NB: Footage from the Section 28 march in Manchester was featured in the recent Boiler Room documentary Fleshback about queer clubbing in Manchester.

Northern Carnival Against the Nazis: 40th Anniversary project launch

black-kid-with-bubblegum-at-Strangeways

Marchers at Strangeways © John Sturrock 1978

The Northern Carnival against the Nazisa rally and concert held on 15 July 1978 in Moss Side, Manchester – was a defining moment in establishing anti-racism in the city and beyond. The 15,000 people who marched across town and the 40,000 people who danced in Alexandra Park that day didn’t just make racism no longer respectable. They made it uncool.

Co-organised by Geoff Brown (the Anti-Nazi League) and Bernie Wilcox (Rock Against Racism), the Carnival featured incendiary live performances by Buzzcocks, Steel Pulse and Moss Side reggae band Exodus. They were joined by post-punk bands Gang of Four, Frantic Elevators and others, who played on trucks to accompany the marchers.

To celebrate this pivotal moment in Manchester’s fight against racism, Manchester Digital Music Archive and the Ahmed Iqbal Race Relations Resource Centre have brought together the original organisers of the Carnival for a panel discussion and all-day event exploring its impact and continuing relevance today.

This event will also be the official launch of our Heritage Lottery-funded project and exhibition celebrating the Carnival.

12.00 FILMS

A series of historical films introduced by Geoff Brown

Rock Against Racism: Nazis Are No Fun
Who Shot The Sheriff?
Leeds Rock Against Racism

13.45 BREAK

14.00 SPEAKER: Jaheda Choudhury-Potter & Ajah UK

14.15 FILM: A brand new short film on the Northern Carnival Against the Nazis, 1978

14.30 PANEL DISCUSSION

15.45 SHARING MEMORIES

Recording memories  – share your memories of the Carnival with our project volunteers

PANEL

RAMILA PATEL (Bolton Asian Youth Movement)

On July 15th 1978, Ramila Patel of Bolton Asian Youth Movement addressed a crowd of 15,000 anti-racism protesters that had amassed in the car park of Strangeways prison to march across town to Alexandra Park in Moss Side – the main site of the Northern Carinval Against the Nazis. Ramila was asked to give the address by Anti-Nazi League organiser Geoff Brown, following her brave stance against National Front leader Martin Webster at a previous demo, in which she marched alone in defiance of Webster holding a placard saying ‘This man is a Nazi’. Ramila is now Head of Visual Arts at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa.

BERNIE WILCOX (Rock Against Racism)

Bernie Wilcox was the original organiser of Rock Against Racism in Manchester and was, with Geoff Brown of the Anti Nazi League, one of the instigators and prime movers behind the Northern Carnival Against The Nazis in 1978. Bernie has since forged a successful business career owning specialist recruitment businesses. Anti-racism, socialism and music are still close to his heart.

GEOFF BROWN (Anti-Nazi League)

Geoff became a revolutionary socialist at university in 1968, active in the campaign against the US war in Vietnam. His first arrest was for chalking slogans on his college wall, his second for obstructing a police officer at an anti-National Front protest. Joining the International Socialists (from 1977 the Socialist Workers Party) he moved to Manchester in 1972. When the Anti Nazi League was founded in late 1977 he became its Manchester organiser, helping saturate the city with leaflets, badges and protests and getting fifty coaches and minibuses, about 2,500 people, to the first Anti Nazi League/Rock Against Racism carnival in London in April 1978. Geoff went on to be a union tutor, working with shop stewards and on projects abroad, particularly in Pakistan. He was union branch secretary till he was victimised for his trade union activity, after which he was a part time official for his union, finishing in 2015. He is now active as a historian of Manchester ‘from below’.

Chaired by ABIGAIL WARD (Manchester Digital Music Archive)

Supported by by Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, Heritage Lottery Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

Supported by Futura

Futura are the north’s leading Rec2Rec headhunting specialists. Established in 2001, they provide experienced recruitment professionals to the very best recruitment agencies in the country.


Photo: Front row action at Alexandra Park, 1978 © John Sturrock

New radio show for NTS

Advert for NTS radio show

My latest radio show for NTS is now available on playback.

The Fall – Lost in Music
Sisters of Transistors – The Don
Wynder K. Frog – Mercy
Soundcarriers – Last Broadcast
LEVELZ – Jazzface
X-O-Dus – See Them-A-Come
Bryan Ferry – The Right Stuff (Dub Mix)
Quando Quango – Atom Rock (Mark Kamins New York Mix)
Only Child feat. Veba – Addicted
John Ellis – Unidentical Twins
The Weather Station – Transmission
James & Brian Eno – Wah Wah
[EXCERPT: SLUMS]
Lonelady – Little Fugue
Sub Sub – Lost in Watts
[EXCERPT: ORDSALL]
Tim Burgess – Oh No I Love You
Graham Nash – Chicago
John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step On You
LeonXLeon – Acid Disco
Charles B – Lack of Love
Denis Jones – 3333
Ludus – Breaking The Rules
Ill – Hysteria
The Montgolfier Brothers – The World is Flat
The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
Jon Kennedy – Boom Clack (Martin Brew Remix)
Primal Scream – Screamadelica

https://www.nts.live/

L-R: Denise Johnson (Ged Camera), X-O-Dus (Shutterbug), Gonnie Rietveld of Quando Quango (City Life).

NTS-line-up

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map

Lapsed Clubber Audio Map , powered by Manchester Digital Music Archive

Manchester Digital Music Archive  has teamed up with Manchester Metropolitan University to develop an online audio heritage map that will tell the story of the rave scene in Manchester in the words of clubbers, DJs, promoters, venue staff, producers and more.

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map is a place for members of Greater Manchester’s original rave community to preserve and share their spoken word memories of clubbing and its culture during the ‘first decade’ of rave, 1985-1995.

Our interface allows you to record your voice directly into your desktop computer or laptop and pin 60-second sound clips onto a map of Greater Manchester at the exact spots where the events you are recalling originally happened.

You can also listen back to the memories of others.

Popular culture has referenced rave culture in Greater Manchester in print, in major films, on TV and in theatre, but almost always from the perspective of the well-known ‘expert insider’. Focusing on the raving landscape between 1985 and 1995, we are creating the Lapsed Clubber Audio Map with community input, giving the community the opportunity to write its own rave history.

Can you help?

If you went raving in Manchester between 1985 and 1995, we’d like to hear from you. We are looking for people who’d like to share some stories to help us test our map. We will send you a secret log in, allowing you to view and contribute to the map before it is launched. We’ll then ask you to feedback on your experience.

The memories are left anonymously with no username attached to them.

If you’d like to get involved, please email Abigail at info@mdmarchive.co.uk.

GEEK NOTE: This project is an experimental and evolving piece of work based on fusing third party protocols such as Google Maps and Web RTC. The latter, which is new open source software that allows you to record via browsers, is not currently FULLY compatible with iPhones, iPads and Safari. For the best experience, we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer running Chrome or Opera.

The Lapsed Clubber Project is a Heritage Lottery Funded Project based at Manchester Metropolitan University and run by Dr Beate Peter in partnership with Manchester Digital Music Archive (Abigail Ward), Go Bang Design (Ashley Kennerley) and Pin Studio (Paul Hemmingfield).

 

Suffragette City – The Music Event

Saturday March 10th 2018
3pm-4am

The Refuge
Principal Hotel
Oxford Road
Manchester
M60 7HA

As part of the Suffragette City – Portraits of women in Manchester music exhibition, The Refuge will be hosting an all day and night-into-early morning charity music event both to celebrate International Women’s Day and to close off the exhibition’s two-week installation in the public bar.

Music across two floors from an all-star female DJ line up.:

Love Is The Message
In the Refuge Public Bar
3pm – 1am
feat.

* Blasha & Allatt (Meat Free)
* Corinne Drewery (Swing Out Sister)
* Dance Lady Dance
* Abigail Ward (Manchester Digital Music Archive)
* Nongi Oliphant
* Claud Cunningham
* Kirby Leanne Halliday
* Justine Alderman

Move Ya Body
In The Refuge Basement hosted by The Social Service
10pm – 4am
feat.
* Rina Ladybeige
* DJ Paulette
* Gina Breeze
* Kath McDermott
* Disco Mums

There will be collection buckets on the night and a £2 door donation for the Social Service with all proceeds going to Women’s Aid and Manchester Digital Music Archive.

The Suffragette City exhibition is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suffragette City opening party

The Refuge
Principal Hotel
Oxford Road
Manchester
M60 7HA

Fri, 23 Feb 2018, 17:30 – 1:00

BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE FOR THE OPENING PARTY HERE.
(Booking is advised but not essential.)

Suffragette City is the culmination of a period of activity aimed at recognising and celebrating women’s achievements in the music industry. In the year we celebrate 100 years of Suffrage in the UK, we want to pause and highlight the roles women have played, bringing their voices to the fore. We set out to show just how vibrant, brilliant and influential women in music have been and continue to be.

This exhibition, curated by Manchester Digital Music Archive co-founder Alison Surtees, features photographic portraits of 25 key women in Greater Manchester music, including venue owners, sound engineers, record label managers, DJs and musicians.

Join us for the opening of our exhibition on Friday 23rd February from 5.30pm. Music comes from DJs Abigail Ward, Kath McDermott and Paulette, 5pm-1am.

Exhibition closing date: Saturday 10th March.

This exhibition is part of our ongoing project, Rebel Music – The Sound of Politics and Protest in Manchester and is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

#SuffragetteCityMCR
#MCRWomenInMusic
#RebelMusicMCR

Photo: DJ PAULETTE by ELSPETH MOORE

For more information contact: info@mdmarchive.co.uk

First show for NTS radio

On Sunday 10th December I presented the first ever Manchester Digital Music Archive show for NTS Radio. I had a brilliant time choosing the records, old and new. All have a Manchester connection. You’ll be unsurprised to hear it’s quite a contrary selection. There are plenty of stories to go with the music, because that’s what the archive is all about.

Harlem Spirit – Dem A Sus
The Eccentronic Research Council feat. Maxine Peake – Autobahn 666
Pete Shelley – Witness The Change (Dub Mix)
10cc – Blackmail
Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames – Music Talk
Moloko – Forever More
E Davd – Ice Moon
Shura – White Light
The The – Helpline Operator
The Smiths – Wonderful Woman
Lord Kitchener – If You’re Brown
Annette – Dream 17
Magazine – The Light Pours out of Me
Barry Adamson – Mr Eddy’s Theme 1
Throbbing Gristle – 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Al Green – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?
JS Zeiter – JS05R
Floating Points – Peroration 6
Manicured Noise – Faith
Gerry & The Holograms – Gerry & The Holograms
Jane Weaver – The Architect
Nev Cottee – If I Could Tell You
Digital Justice – Theme from It’s All Gone Pear Shaped

Queer Noise exhibition extended to November 2017

We are delighted to announce that our Queer Noise exhibition at the People’s History Museum has been extended to 5th November 2017 by popular demand,

The show has garnered great press support. Check out the links below:

6 Music interview (1hr and 40 mins into this broadcast)

The Guardian 

Another Man

The Mirror

I love MCR

Manchester Evening News

It’s Nice That

Free training from Manchester Digital Music Archive

MDMA: Online exhibition menu

Manchester Digital Music Archive is an online community archive established in 2003 to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history. In September 2017 we are holding two (identical) training days on how to curate online exhibitions within our website/archive.

The events are part of our Heritage Lottery-funded project Rebel Music: The Sound of Politics and Protest in Manchester, which targets and celebrates women and members of the LGBT+ community, and their musical achievements.


Passionate about Manchester music, past and present? Got a story to tell?

MDMArchive Online Exhibition Training Day #1, International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Sep 23rd 2017
A relaxed training day led by curator Abigail Ward for people who are interested in creating their own online exhibitions within the Manchester Digital Music Archive website. Book your free place here.

MDMArchive Online Exhibition Training Day #2, International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Sep 30th 2017

A relaxed training day led by curator Abigail Ward for people who are interested in creating their own online exhibitions within the Manchester Digital Music Archive website. Book your free place here.

Please note: the content of the two training days will be the same.

Lovely lunch provided!

What is an online exhibition?
An online exhibition is a curated collection of digitised artefacts (scans, photos, images, audio, video) that anyone who has access to the internet can view. Online exhibitions are like physical exhibitions in real museums, but they exist digitally instead of in the ‘real’ word.

Abigail Ward, trainer & co-founder of MDMA, has been creating online exhibitions about Greater Manchester music since 2008. You can view some of hers here:

https://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/queernoise/
https://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/mosssidestories/
https://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/manchesteracademymemories

Who is this training day for?
This training day is part of Manchester Digital Music Archive’s Rebel Music project, which aims to celebrate and document the musical achievements of women & LGBT+ people in Greater Manchester. We are encouraging members of those communities to attend this training day and learn about how they can create online exhibitions with us. It will be accessible for anyone who is interested in Greater Manchester music, and has a basic standard of computer literacy.

What will this training day cover?
• An introduction to the work of Manchester Digital Music Archive
• How to digitise material using scanners, cameras and phones
• How to upload images, audio and video to MDMArchive
• How to curate a digital exhibition within MDMArchive
• How to share your work through social media

Hayling Island – stories at sea level

Hayling Island banner

Refugees, tourists, circus acts, smugglers, a destitute Russian princess and escapees from the industrial mainland: Hayling Island’s many sea-level lives exposed through a digital story map and a series of spoken word events

  • Acclaimed artists will collaborate with a literary geographer to explore the hidden histories of Hayling Island’s working class community using short stories, spoken word, audio soundscapes, visual art and an evolving online map of the island.
  • Work in progress versions of short stories and audio will be shared at three literary events across October 2017 held in Hayling, Manchester and Durham.
  • The short story collection will explore themes including climate change, human migration, economic shift, disability, and LGBT+ issues

A true island completely surrounded by sea, Hayling is off the south coast of England in Hampshire, near Portsmouth. It is home to a working class community and is rich in overlooked histories, from the arcades and smugglers’ tunnels to the nearby military base. It is a place of resilience and contrasts, and as the water rises, there are no climate change deniers to be found.

Using remembered histories of local people and the geography of the island itself as inspiration, four Manchester-based artists, led by writer and spoken word artist Michelle Green will create an interactive digital map housing a short story collection and accompanying audio.

The stories and soundscapes will be shared as work-in-progress at the following events:

Durham Book Festival event Sat 7th October 2017
Book tickets here, priced £6/£4

Hayling Island Library event Sat 21st October 2017
Book free tickets here.

International Anthony Burgess Centre event Thursday 26th October 2017
Book free tickets here.

All events are supported by Arts Council England and New Writing North.

Michelle Green is an acclaimed writer and spoken word artist born on Hayling, now based in Manchester. She was two when her parents left the island, and so her ‘memories’ take the form of many stories from her extended family, centred on the arcades, bingos, cafes and clubs they ran in the 70s along one of the tourist strips, just as the arrival of package holidays was beginning to take its toll on the local economy. Hayling has always been a tenacious place, and it is from this that interesting stories grow. Michelle is particularly interested in the lives that are pushed to the margins – working class, disabled, disenfranchised – and those living at the water’s edge as the sea rises.

Ahead of the events, lead artist Michelle Green says: “This map has been growing inside me for years. My family moved around a lot, and so I carry a map of other people’s stories and landscapes as a way of connecting to the places that have shaped our lives. As mainstream discussions of class and economics become a binary caricature with talk of ‘strivers and shirkers’, good and bad, I want to push back with the complexities and resilience that I know lives within every ignored or abandoned working class community. I want to push back against the idea that art and culture is inherently middle class. People who live on a low lying island know just how near the edge is, and I want to invite the audience to walk along those edges and listen, a short story at the tip of each finger.”

The Hayling Island digital story map will be designed by Maya Chowdhry, an interactive artist, writer and poet. It will comprise collage of historical documents, hand-drawn elements and audio hotspots where audiences can listen to or read the stories. The map will also link to local tidal reports and will change according to the real-time tide on the island.

The audio elements of the map, overseen by facilitator in sound and ‘sonic enchantress’ Caro C, will take a sensitive radio-quality approach, adding depth to the world of each story and providing access to audiences who struggle with text. Caro will also create a unique piece of music that responds to the sonic environment of the island.

Creative non-fiction co-author and literary geographies consultant Dr David Cooper is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. He will co-author pieces of creative non-fiction with Michelle Green, as a geographic exploration of the island that takes subjective experience of the place as the starting point.

For further information, images and interviews please contact:

Abigail Ward – Production Manager
Haying Island – stories at sea level
terminaljive@gmail.com

 

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