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A Sneak Peak of The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map

Monday 11 December 2017

The team behind the Lapsed Clubber project are thrilled to release a sneak preview of the Lapsed Clubber audio map.LapsedClubber Map 

When the map launches, you will be able to drop pins to represent your favourite Manchester club nights, venues or rave locations and say a bit about them. The map will mainly feature audio memories which Lapsed Clubbers will be able to record straight into the map tagged under specific locations and topics. We have 6 tags which you will be able to tag your memory under. And each of these tags can be browsed as well as added to. These are: Music Clothes Drugs Community Politics Body Mind Life-changing events The map will sit on its own section on the MDMArchive website. Anybody can browse the map. To add memories, you will need to make a user with MDMArchive. So what are you waiting for? It's always good to be prepared! We will finalise the map over the course of the project and it will be officially launched on 9th June with Manchester Histories Festival in a full day event about Manchester's music histories. Public events will collect data and memories which will shape the development of the map and our workshop and training sessions will allow LapsedClubbers themselves to work directly on the map and the data.

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Introducing The Lapsed Clubber project!

Saturday 2 December 2017

Introducing The Lapsed Clubber project!

The Lapsed Clubber project is a Heritage Lottery Funded project The Lapsed Clubber based  at Manchester Metropolitan University and run by Dr Beate Peter.

Although Manchester and its popular music are famous around the globe, little is known about the communities that helped create that reputation. 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 will create an interactive and online Lapsed Clubber Heritage Map with community input, giving the community the opportunity to write their own rave history.

The map will be housed on the MDMArchives website and will give users the chance to read, listen to memories and reminisce about the 85-95 clubbing era. Users will also have the opportunity to record and add their own memories to the map.

Over the course of the project, which began in June 2017 and will end with the launch of the map in June 2018 as part of the Manchester Histories Festival, we will have several workshop and training events for community participants and knowledgeable Lapsed Clubbers. At these workshops, you will have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the final project.

Our next workshop session will focus on Working with Archives. Heritage expert Heather Roberts will teach basic tips and tricks about finding online sources and how to navigate them. We will then be searching online archives to find footage, photographs and other material in order to write our own clubbing history. The material we find will be used directly in the upcoming Manchester’s Clubbing Histories event on January 13th 2018. You can book onto the session here:

The Lapsed Clubber Archive

You can see our full schedule of events here, and details will be confirmed as the project progresses, so watch this space! Get involved and volunteer by emailing

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