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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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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Talking Heritage

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.

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Image courtesy of @HoxtonHall

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.

Drew Ellery appointed as Digital Officer

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Photo of Drew Ellery taken by Daniella Carrington.

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”

what is an archive?

We currently have two postgraduate students from the Institute for Cultural Practices (ICP) at the University of Manchester on a placement with us.  They have been investigating the value of historic documents and how to encourage further deposits from local BAME communities as part of the CIFTC project. Today Naomi Weaver and Yang Li were busy interviewing our long-time friend and trustee, Nigel de Noronha in various locations around Central Library as part of a project to demystify the archive. Nigel was once a member of the Asian Youth Movement (AYM) and also contributed to the Macdonald Inquiry, so features prominently in a number of records we hold. He is now a Teaching Fellow in Sociology at the University of Warwick.

During his interview, Nigel reflected on both the experience of encountering representations of himself as a young activist and on the value of being able to examine such collections as an academic researcher.

By creating a short film with a range of contributors, Naomi and Yang hope to address basic questions about what’s in our collection, how it ended up here and to whom it might be of interest in future years. Watch this space for the final edit, which we hope to share with you soon…

 

 

sharing learning

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.

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Hannah Niblett and Jennie Vickers attended the ARA conference with their colleague Carly Morel