MDMArchive Online Exhibition Training Day #1

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International Anthony Burgess Foundation

3 Cambridge Street


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

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.

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

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 achivements 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 wtih us. It will be accessible for anyone who is interested in Greater Manchester music, and has a basic standard of computer literacy.

If possible, we encourage you to bring along some Greater Manchester music artefacts, such as photos, tickets, badges, flyers, garments, etc, but don't worry if you can't!

Please note: if you'd like to discuss specific access requirements do get in touch at:

What will this training day cover?

An introduction to the work of Manchester Digital Muisc 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

What is Manchester Digital Music Archive?

Manchester Digital Music Archive is an online community archive established in 2003 to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history. We are a registered charity run by volunteers. Charity no. 1164179.

Our crowd-sourced archive and website is a place for people all over the world to share Manchester music ephemera and memories, be they fans, musicians or involved with the music industry itself.

We are passionate about celebrating the hidden chapters and under-represented communities within Greater Manchester music. We believe that through crowd-sourcing artefacts we can democratise heritage and provide a platform for multiple versions of history to be shared. There is no hierarchy of 'merit' within our archive. The general public decides what is important and what is 'heritage'.

Our work in the 'physical' world

In the 'physical' world, we curate exhibitions and pop-up events (such as film nights, talks and club nights) across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. We work with volunteers from under-represented communities to do this.

Our work with volunteers

Through creative training events we support volunteers to gain new skills that allow them to document and preserve their own musical and social heritage. These skills include: artefact digitisation, digital curation, digital storytelling, physical curation, event management, film making, website content management and social media.

Our community engagement work

We are community engagement experts, and help other organisations to reach out through joint projects. We provide under-represented communities with opportunities to research and share their musical histories. We have worked in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester Students' Union, Manchester Pride, Manchester Histories Festival, Manchester Digital Development Agency, Louder Than Words Festival, People's History Museum, Salford Museum, Macclesfield Museum and many others.

Our work in education

We deliver talks and workshops at conferences, and across a variety of educational establishments. We provide advice and placement opportunities to students working within a range of disciplines.

Our fundraising work

We curate special events, including gigs, clubs nights and film nights to raise money for our charity.

Our work in research and signposting

We support and connect those who approach us for information and advice, such as film and TV companies, broadcasters, researchers, authors and journalists. Please note: we encourage donations to our Trust when undertaking some of this work.

Mission Statement

To celebrate Greater Manchester music, protect its heritage and promote awareness of its cultural importance.


To celebrate Greater Manchester music
To raise awareness of the influence of Greater Manchester music and highlight unsung eras in its history
To digitise vulnerable collections pertaining to Greater Manchester music
To record and document the memories of fans, artists and industry alike
To facilitate exhibitions and events about Greater Manchester music that target as broad an audience as possible
To develop a not-for-profit self-sustaining organisation to achieve the above
To prevent the disappearance of artefacts by uncovering vulnerable collections and identifying an appropriate physical ‘home’ for them
To approach (and encourage approaches from) people wishing to share their experiences of Greater Manchester music
To document these oral histories in a variety of media
To raise public awareness of such collections by organising events and exhibitions in a variety of easily accessible, ‘down-to-earth’ venues as well as in traditional exhibition spaces
To provide an online archive that will map the evolution of Greater Manchester music and its social history

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