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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Log on weekly, as we take users through a chronological digital journey of discovery. Shining a spotlight on the grass roots youth & Black music which inspired and changed the world. Launching July 2022 with Manchester music pioneer and radio personality, Mike Shaft.

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MHHA Community

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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