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.
Drew Ellery our digital officer recently attended the Heritage Soapbox event at Hoxton Hall, London. The event, planned by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s youth advisory group welcomed young people to share and celebrate heritage, as well as discuss how the sector can support them better. The main themes of the event were participation, training and early career development.
Drew presented a talk to around 60 delegates on the importance of paid opportunities into the heritage sector, especially for young people coming from diverse backgrounds. Drew also spoke about the impact of seeing collections that were representative of his identity at Archives+, driving his passion to work within the archive sector. This was a great opportunity for him to talk about his current role as the digital officer of ‘Coming in from the Cold’, encouraging better representation of BAME communities within archive collections.
As the newly appointed Digital Officer of the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project, I am excited to be championing the representation of BAME communities within archive collections. I have had a busy first few weeks attending meetings with the Heritage Lottery Fund, spreading the word about CIFTC at community heritage events, and most importantly getting to know the team a little better. Continue reading “Drew Ellery appointed as Digital Officer”→
Yesterday Collections Access Officer Hannah Niblett and I presented a paper to around 60 delegates from the National Archives conference at The Lowry in Salford. Our paper was called Coming in From the Cold: Narrowing the Gap Between Community Engagement and Collection Development. In it we presented findings from the research phase of this project, together with ideas for a model of working based on our own experience of facilitating and archiving community history projects. Our main concern – and our aim for Phase Two going forward (should we receive the necessary grant funding) – is to address the key issue, that funding for BAME-related community-led heritage projects is increasing but their visibility is not. The content seemed well received by the audience who helped us to ponder issues of authorship, ownership and access during the ensuing discussion.
The Archive and Records Association (ARA) conference is currently underway at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. Yesterday my colleague Hannah Niblett and I were invited to give a paper about our experiences of generating and archiving BAME-related heritage project work. It was our first chance to share findings from the CIFTC audit, as well as reflect on the successes and challenges of work on the erstwhile Legacy of Ahmed project. Some of the points we were able to make appeared to resonate with the audience, comprised of 60 professionals from the archive and local studies sector. Questions, claps and nods of agreement centred on discussions around the way that oral histories are collected and valued and the widespread disposal of much project-related material.
As part of our new project ‘Coming in from the Cold’ we will be working closely with the Manchester BME Network. On 14th March at Burnage Community Centre, Jennie and Marzuqa attended a tea party organised by the BME Network to celebrate International Women’s Day. It was a lovely way to meet representatives from organisations across the city and hear their stories of strength and achievement. These are the sort of stories we hope to capture for the archive during the second phase of our project. We also enjoyed eating delicious food and catching up with old friends.