Let me share a secret…

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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…”

Introducing CiftC to GMALSP

 

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Last Wednesday morning, I attended a meeting of the Greater Manchester Archives and Local Studies Partnership (GMALSP) in Manchester Town Hall with Research Associate Jennie Vickers. The GMALSP partners include representatives from archives and local studies libraries across all ten (10) Greater Manchester boroughs.

It was a great opportunity to introduce the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project. Jennie delivered a short presentation and the group showed lots of interest. Moreover, we were pleased to notice that ‘CiftC’ had been included in GMALSP’s development plan. Continue reading “Introducing CiftC to GMALSP”

Digging Deep and Unexpected Finds

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Photo of Jennifer viewing publication, taken by Daniella Carrington

In order to gather research for Coming in from the Cold, Marzuqa and I have been contacting representatives from cultural and heritage organisations across Greater Manchester. Some have responded to a questionnaire by post or by email, providing background information on lists of projects we have already identified. Others have met us in person, to tell us about further initiatives we have missed, or to discuss issues with their service which may have impacted on delivery. We’ve also been trying to assess the scope of BME-related material in historic collections, in the hope that some items may inspire further project work. Continue reading “Digging Deep and Unexpected Finds”