Busy at it

You may have noticed that things have gone quiet on the project over the last few weeks. That’s because we’ve been busy analysing all of the data from our research, in order to report on our findings for the official audit report. Unfortunately the deadline for submitting findings to the HLF coincides with our funding application for Phase 2 of the project. So it’s been a hectic few weeks! However, we’re almost there and look forward to being able to share information with you shortly. Please stay tuned…

Ta da!

On Thursday 27th July we showcased the work of 9 groups as part of our annual community history sharing event. Each group is in the process of delivering or completing a Heritage Lottery Funded project, with a BAME focus. Representatives (including group leaders, volunteers and academics) shared their experiences with the wider public via stalls, talks and a group discussion. Feedback from participants has been extremely positive and will contribute to research for the next stage of the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project. Thanks to everyone who contributed to make this such an enjoyable and rewarding event.

I met a lot of people and have seen there is a real passion for collecting and sharing stories, regardless of background.

Revealing histories

We’re discovering inspiring BME-related projects every day, during our research. Today I spoke with Maili Lavin from Mosscare who commissioned a film to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary.  In a range of interviews for the project ‘Looking Back at Moss Side’, many local people shared their experiences of living in a diverse and tight-knit community.  Click here to view the film for yourself.

Let me share a secret…

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Manchester’s Portico Library is a glorious hidden gem, packed to the rafters with historic books on art, history, natural history, travel, biography and literature. Yesterday, the very friendly staff invited Marzuqa and I on a tour, to understand more about their work and collections. We entered via a discrete entrance off the busy thoroughfare of Mosley Street and ascended the narrow staircase. At the top, a wonderfully atmospheric and welcoming space awaited, shelves groaning with intriguing publications under the headings ‘Polite’ and ‘Impolite’ Literature, light streaming through a domed glass ceiling. Continue reading “Let me share a secret…”

Making Memories Matter

Coming in from the Cold is about surveying what has happened in terms of recent BME projects and developing a strategy to support further, more targeted work.  In order to help future groups to deliver successful oral history projects, I thought I should refresh my knowledge by attending this year’s Oral History Spring School at the Institute for Historical Research in London. The course was led by leading figures in the field and aimed at those with prior knowledge and experience. Continue reading “Making Memories Matter”

Digging Deep and Unexpected Finds

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Photo of Jennifer viewing publication, taken by Daniella Carrington

In order to gather research for Coming in from the Cold, Marzuqa and I have been contacting representatives from cultural and heritage organisations across Greater Manchester. Some have responded to a questionnaire by post or by email, providing background information on lists of projects we have already identified. Others have met us in person, to tell us about further initiatives we have missed, or to discuss issues with their service which may have impacted on delivery. We’ve also been trying to assess the scope of BME-related material in historic collections, in the hope that some items may inspire further project work. Continue reading “Digging Deep and Unexpected Finds”