Reflecting on Dundee Study School

By Laila Benhaida, Trainee Archivist

On April 29th I embarked on a four day study school held at the University of Dundee. The aim of this trip was to become familiar with the university, meet the tutors and fellow students and to understand a bit more about the content of the modules I will be studying before I start my online distance learning post-graduate course in Archive and Records Management.

Photograph showing a building at the University of Dundee

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Reflecting on my Experiences at the Centre

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Some of the books kept at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre Library.

The first two months of my placement at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust, based in Manchester Central Library, has been both an enriching and rewarding experience. As part of the University of Manchester’s Institute for Cultural Practices placement scheme, I have had the pleasure of working with the fantastic team at the library and archiving some extremely valuable resources along the way. Looking through some of the Centre’s archive collections, such as the Legacy of Ahmed project was a great way to get started, giving me a chance to learn about how this incredible organisation was founded and the crucial work that they do.

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Speaking for Ourselves – Again!

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From L-R: Parvinder Sohal, Raj Kaur, Daljit Singh, Philip Baldwin, Martin Palmer, Kanta Walker

By Laila Benhaida, Trainee Archivist.

Earlier this month our archivist Jo Robson, together with volunteers Daljit Singh and Raj Kaur organised a reminiscence session at Manchester Central Library. Participants – including Daljit and Raj – comprised staff and members of the management committee from ‘Speaking for Ourselves’. SFO was a landmark oral history project with Manchester’s Sikh community, funded by Manpower Services during the 1980s.

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Memory, Archive and Resistance

A young Richard Leese to the right (The Tandana archive GB3228.6)

As part of the World Without Borders activity focusing on the trial of the Stansted 15, the GLC Story archive hosted a teach-in that reflected on the long history of resistance to immigration controls and the relevance of archiving for today’s activists.

The event was held in London on 9th February 2019 and was attended by nearly one hundred people, many of them active in campaigns against deportation. It provided us with the opportunity to reflect and discuss ways to learn from the past, to document contemporary injustices and provide materials for future activists. Continue reading “Memory, Archive and Resistance”

Collecting and Managing Images

This is a blog post of a workshop held on 25th October 2018 at Manchester Central Library as part of the Sound & Vision event. It is written by Drew Ellery, Digital officer at Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre. The main aim of this workshop was to give all participants an introduction to best practice strategies for collecting and managing images. 

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Don’t miss our upcoming event

Thursday 25th October from 10:30 – 15:30

The Shop on Greame Street, Moss Side, Manchester. Spring 1972

Though funding has increased for BAME heritage projects, their visibility in the UK’s museums and archives has not. The aim of this event is to highlight the need for increased visibility of Black, Asian and minority ethnic heritage in museums and archives. This free event will explore the value of preserving memories for future generations and help you to develop some of the basic skills required.

We particularly welcome communities and organisations working to record BAME heritage. The morning will consist of talks from our guest speakers and the afternoon will consist of practical workshops for working with archive material.

Please follow the link below to register to attend.

A huge thank you

On Friday 6th July we held our 3rd annual Community History Showcase at GMCVO St Thomas’s, Ardwick. A huge thanks once again to everyone who contributed;  the event could not have happened without your input which is hugely valued and appreciated.

4 speakers shared the challenges and achievements of their projects through illustrated talks:

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3rd Annual Community History Showcase

Friday 6th July from 1:30 – 4:30pm 

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The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust is hosting this year’s event in partnership with the Manchester BME Network (& supported by the Greater Manchester BME Network) at: St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ. 

The showcase is an opportunity to meet and chat to people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic organisations delivering heritage projects in Greater Manchester. Find out what’s happening in your area and share information, learning and contacts.

The Education Trust will reimburse transport costs for participating groups and provide drinks throughout the afternoon. Set-up is from 12.30pm.

If you would like to attend, book a table or for any other enquiries about the day please contact laila.benhaida@manchester.ac.uk