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.
Thursday 25th October from 10:30 – 15:30
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.
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
Friday 6th July from 1:30 – 4:30pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, my name is Laila, and I have recently joined the Coming In from the Cold team as the Trainee Archivist. I previously worked in Buying and Merchandising but have always wanted to break into the Heritage sector.
As the newly appointed Archivist of the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project, I am excited to be working with BAME communities to help them to understand and develop archive collections as part of their HLF projects. My first few weeks have been quite a whirl wind and have included becoming acquainted with the Centre’s existing archive collections, managing a volunteer, attending meetings and spreading the word about CIFTC, getting to know the team better, and preparing for the start of our Archive Trainee (who you will hear from in an upcoming blog).
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”