3rd Annual Community History Showcase

Friday 6th July from 1:30 – 4:30pm 

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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 laila.benhaida@manchester.ac.uk

 

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…

 

 

up and running

 

We are delighted to announce that Phase Two of our project ‘Coming in from the Cold’ is now up and running. Over the next three years members of the CIFTC project team will support the development and delivery of BAME-focused heritage projects across Greater Manchester, with the aim of building a more comprehensive and representative archive collection. Please download our press release for further information.

If you are a community group thinking of undertaking or in the process of delivering a heritage project, please do get in touch. There are lots of ways we might be able to help you.

Telephone Number: 0161 275 2920
Email: rrarchive@manchester.ac.uk

#DCDC 17

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Yesterday Collections Access Officer Hannah Niblett and I presented a paper to around 60 delegates from the National Archives conference at The Lowry in Salford. Our paper was called Coming in From the Cold: Narrowing the Gap Between Community Engagement and Collection Development. In it we presented findings from the research phase of this project, together with ideas for a model of working based on our own experience of facilitating and archiving community history projects. Our main concern – and our aim for Phase Two going forward (should we receive the necessary grant funding) – is to address the key issue, that funding for BAME-related community-led heritage projects is increasing but their visibility is not. The content seemed well received by the audience who helped us to ponder issues of authorship, ownership and access during the ensuing discussion.

 

The Results Are In

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We are finally ready to share the results of our audit, which summarises BAME related heritage projects and collections across Greater Manchester. Visit ‘Our Research’ page to access all of the background information for phase one.

We have used the audit results  to develop an activity plan for phase two of the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project. An application was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund at the beginning of September, with a decision on funding expected by December 2017.

In the meantime, many thanks to all of the project team for their input and to all of those who assisted in research for the audit.