One last message to let you know about the progress on the above - I
know some people were interested.
The archive has now been established at the Manchester City Central
Library within the music department. The collection, which consists
of mixed media (tapes, CDs, photos, documents etc) concerns itself
with the development of Irish trad music in Manchester. This is
the first non manuscript service that the music department has taken
on. The collected material is currently being catalogued and should
be accessible to the public shortly.
The archive recording "In Safe Hands" made of the current young
generation of players, covered its costs and that project has now
closed and published its acounts. No more CDs will be sold. Thanks to
everyone who bought a copy of the CD.
About 80 CDs have been distributed to county libraries in Ireland,
the Archive in Merion Square, the RDS and the Royal Irish Academy of
Music. Copies and also be distributed to Manchester Libraries and to
a number of national archives.
We have been busy applying for grants to develop the main archive.
Only last month the Archive was awarded a grant of £4000 which will
allow us to employ someone part time to carry out cataloguing and
research appropriate archiving methods. One method that will be
investigated will be to use CD-ROM - who knows, maybe web based
access will available in the future.
The project web-site
will shortly be moving although a new home hasn't been identified
So there you have it - amazing how far you can get with an idea and
how receptive and co-operative libraries can be. Many thanks to
Manchester City Libraries and to everyone who has contributed in any
way. There should be an interesting collection soon.
The Manchester Irish Traditional Music Archive Project