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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Don’t miss our upcoming event

Thursday 25th October from 10:30 – 15:30

The Shop on Greame Street, Moss Side, Manchester. Spring 1972

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.

Please follow the link below to register to attend.

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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

Community Project Feature: Bolton Asian Migration

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Bolton Asian Migration

Leading up to our Community History Showcase on 27 July 2017, we feature the Bolton Asian Migration, and their project ‘We Were There’ led by The Sunnyside Club. It is a “local history project that will record the social, recreational and sporting lives of the first-generation Asian community in Bolton from the late 1950s to the 1980s alongside their memories of life before they settled here.Continue reading “Community Project Feature: Bolton Asian Migration”

Making Headway for Phase II

We are thrilled to have Ruth McKew and Ruth Darling of Headland Design, and Independent Consultant, Kevin Bolton on board, in preparation for the second phase of Coming in from the Cold. They will help us review the first phase findings from our audit of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community archives across Greater Manchester. They will also assist in our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) application for the second phase of funding. Ruth, Ruth and Kevin have knowledge and years of expertise in the heritage sector working in museums and archives. Continue reading “Making Headway for Phase II”

Join Our 2017 Community History Showcase

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Photo from the 2016 Community History Showcase

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust has booked the Manchester Central Library Performance Space on 27 July 2017 to provide space for community groups to share their heritage projects. This is your opportunity to meet and chat to other people running HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) projects and to share your work with the general public. Continue reading “Join Our 2017 Community History Showcase”

Coming In with Larysa Bolton of Archives+

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Photo of Larysa Bolton taken by Daniella Carrington.

In conversation with Heritage Collections Officer, Larysa Bolton of Archives+, she gives insight into why the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project is important to the work of partnerships in Manchester. It highlights the relationship between the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust, Archives+ and the Greater Manchester Archives and Local Studies Partnership (also known as Greater Manchester Lives). Continue reading “Coming In with Larysa Bolton of Archives+”

Coming In with Drew Ellery of Archives+

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Photo of Drew Ellery taken by Daniella Carrington.

We had a quick chat about the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project with Transforming Archives Trainee, Drew Ellery, of Archives+. Drew talks about the interactive displays available to communities in Manchester at Archives+ which will be beneficial to those involved in the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project. Continue reading “Coming In with Drew Ellery of Archives+”