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:
- Harriet Morgan-Shami and Atiha Chaudry from ‘Memories of Partition‘
- Ibrahim Kala from ‘Bolton Asian Migration’
- Nusrat Ahmed from Big Fat Asian Wedding
Women from Dynamic Support also mounted a wonderful display of printed and embroidered textiles. The group are currently in the planning stages of their own heritage project exploring African culture and traditions.
This year’s audience of 36 included heritage professionals from local museums and archives, as well as participants from at least 10 community projects. Louise Sutherland and Antonia Canal from the Heritage Lottery Fund also attended to offer advice and support on project ideas and to hear current participants’ experiences.
A group consultation exercise raised the following topics, amongst others: the difficulties of locating and applying for relevant project funds; the challenges of making research accessible (when it has been collected in a community language); the importance of recognising and challenging colonial narratives in museum and archive collections.
The [Forgotten Soldiers] project was a way of rechanneling my anger into something visible and structured. I was able to reclaim something of my Muslim heritage whilst also saying ‘This is what my family has contributed to British Society’.
Adil Mohammed Javid, Alchemy Arts
We were very pleased to welcome Mrs Fatima Begum to this year’s event. Fatima is the mother of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, after whom the AIUET is named and founder of the Ahmed Iqbal Memorial High School in Bangladesh. She was delighted to hear about the variety of heritage projects currently taking place and the aim of ‘Coming In From The Cold’ to help raise their long-term visibility.
We also said a fond farewell to Jackie Ould, Director of the AIUET and founder of the annual community showcase event. Jackie retires this summer after almost 20 years of continuous involvement with the organisation. Thank you so much, Jackie for all the work you have done to champion BAME-heritage in Manchester.