Manchester Histories Festival

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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