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…”
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+”
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+”
Coming in from the Cold is about surveying what has happened in terms of recent BME projects and developing a strategy to support further, more targeted work. In order to help future groups to deliver successful oral history projects, I thought I should refresh my knowledge by attending this year’s Oral History Spring School at the Institute for Historical Research in London. The course was led by leading figures in the field and aimed at those with prior knowledge and experience. Continue reading “Making Memories Matter”
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”
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”