Joy Division fans ‘unlikely’ to to turn Ian Curtis’ former home into museum, campaigner says

Macclesfield house was put on market for £115,000 earlier this month

Music fans look set to fail in their bid to turn Ian Curtis’s former home into a Joy Division museum.

The campaigners have not yet raised the selling price of £115,000 for the two-bedroom property at 77 Barton Street, Macclesfield, which was put on the market earlier this month.

The house was used as a location in the 2007 Anton Corbijn-directed film Control. Curtis took his own life in the property on May 18, 1980 at the age of 23, days before Joy Division were due to undertake a US tour.

The house was listed on rightmove with the following description: “Situated in a popular and central location, this double-fronted character cottage offers spacious accommodation with two reception rooms, two double bedrooms, a good size kitchen and a shared courtyard garden.”

Zak Davies, who started the campaign to save the house, originally said on its website: “Rather than [the house] be taken by developers or sold for development, we feel a place with such cultural significance with such an important man attached deserves to be made into a museum and somewhere that Joy Division fans from around the world can come to pay respects and learn about Ian Curtis.”

But according to the Observer, The Joy Division fan has since told his supporters that it is “unlikely” that the required money could be reached, adding that all the donations so far received would be passed on to the mental health charity Mind, in memory of Curtis.

Joy Division’s debut EP ‘An Ideal For Living’ was released for last year’s Record Store Day. The record was made in 1978, shortly after the band dropped their original name Warsaw.