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…
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.
Ruth McKew, Consultancy Director at Headland Design
Ruth Darling, Heritage Consultant at Headland Design
Kevin Bolton, Independent Consultant
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”→
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.
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…”→