In 2016 Matt Hill (aka Quiet Loner) was songwriter-in-residence at The People’s History Museum in Manchester – the national museum of democracy. Supported by a grant from Arts Council England, the project’s aim was to interpret the museum’s collection through songs and in doing so increase public engagement with the collection.
Throughout the residency there were performances and workshops in the museum. Matt spent time in the galleries, sometimes writing in situ as the public passed by. He spent time with curators digging into the stories behind objects. He ran open studios where he invited the public to critique works in progress and offer opinions on what he should write next.
The work he created – a live show – was debuted at the Manchester Histories festival and then toured throughout the UK. An album of the songs was later released in 2017.