Home of Metal

Celebrating music from Birmingham & the Black Country

  • How do I prepare an image?

    To get a physical item up into the archive you will first need to take a picture of it or scan it.

    Once you have the picture or scan, use an image editing application like Paint (on a PC) or iPhoto / Preview (on a Mac) to resize the image down to around 1000 pixels in width or height. Then simply save the image as a good quality JPEG onto your desktop and you're ready to upload.

    If you have several images of one item (like a collection of photos from the same gig) then make sure you have them all ready to upload at the same time.

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  • How do I prepare a video?

    If you want to add a video to the archive then first you will need to upload it to YouTube.

    YouTube can deal with a variety of video formats and has full instructions on their site.  Once your video is uploaded to YouTube you will need to copy the movie URL (not the Embed code) and paste it into our Upload a Video page.

    Once you save that page the video will be included in the details of your archive item. Simple!

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  • How do I upload into the archive?

    First things first you will need to be a member of the site. If you are already a member then you will need to login, otherwise please register.

    Once you're in you need to go to the Contribute page and select what kind of content you are submitting. Content can be any one of the following: images, videos or stories. Uploading any of these generally requires similar information. Below we explain in detail what each is.

    Title – This is the name of the artifact. Keep it short and sweet but as descriptive as possible as this is what will appear to everyone as they browse the archive.

    Image(s) – Browse to the images on your computer and select the ones you want to upload. You can upload several at once by CTRL (PC) or CMD (Mac) clicking each image. Please note, if you have several images and want a specific image to represent the record upload that one first, then upload the rest together.

    YouTube URL – If you're uploading a video then you will need to first upload it to YouTube. Once it's on YouTube copy the URL (just above the embed code on the right) and paste it into this field.

    Bands – Select the bands the artifact belongs to. You can select more than one. If you're wondering why your favorite band isn't in this list, find out why.

    Category – What kind of artifact are you uploading? Select as many categories as you want to best tag your contribution.

    Artifact Date – To help place your artifact on the time line you will need to enter a date. We understand that maybe memories are hazy so at the very least please select a decade. If you could be more specific then that would be even better!

    Summary & Detailed Information –  This is where you can tell the world about your artifact – be as detailed as you like. What memories does it revive? Why have you kept it? Who was there with you? Etc. The richer the stories the better the archive, so go for it.

    Finally, when you're ready press upload and all being well your artifact will have a new worldwide home.

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  • How else can I contribute?

    Don't worry, even if you don't have any artifacts you can still help. Get involved by commenting on your favorite pieces in the archive. If you think something is really great then give it the Horns Up! The very best artifacts will appear in the Home of Metal Top 40.

    We also sometimes need help flagging unsuitable items from within the archive. If you see something that shouldn't be there then flag the item and we'll investigate.

    By being a member you will become part of the global metal community. View all the metal fans from around the world over on the map.

    Finally, we're always looking for extra volunteer help. Interested? Go find out more.

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