Manchester Hip Hop Archive

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Welcome to the Manchester Hip Hop Archive online platform, a space where Manchester’s Hip Hop Heritage, history and global influence is celebrated through our collection of objects, ephemera, recordings, photographs, sketchbooks and clothing. Working in partnership with MDMA, our specialist researchers and community pioneers have carefully curated online exhibitions that explore themes of identity, belonging and legacy.

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Congratulations to the whole Manchester Hip Hop Archive & Unity Radio Team for the recent short-listing for best exhibition at the Manchester Culture Awards 2022!

The announcement comes as MHHA begin touring the exhibition across Greater Manchester where we will continue spreading Manchesters 40 year Hip Hop heritage with new and young audiences. Sharing the roots of our culture and celebrating local MC’s, DJ’s, Graffiti Artists, Breakers and Fashion entrepreneurs who shaped our city and contributed to the global impact of Hip Hop culture.

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Between July 1st and September 30th 2021, the Manchester Hip Hop Archive, celebrated Manchester’s Hip Hop community with an inaugural exhibition at Manchester Central Library.

The exhibition covered 40 years of Hip Hop heritage welcoming 9,782 visitors from across the region, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Manchester City Council Culture team.

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The successful exhibition was put together by Sefton Mottley, Zach Turner, Chris Hamer, Namiuki, Trish Cartner and Jon Green and produced by Castlefield Gallery with support from many many friends of the archive who came together to celebrate local pioneers, industry and the social networks, that created and built the city’s movement and diverse music, graffiti, breakdance and fashion scenes.

Don’t worry if you missed the exhibition. Get the full experience right here in VR:

You can also check out our Link Tree to catch up on the last two years of the project, see all the developments, and meet some of the amazing people and organisations that have been taking part:

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