Talking Heritage

Drew Ellery our digital officer recently attended the Heritage Soapbox event at Hoxton Hall, London. The event, planned by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s youth advisory group welcomed young people to share and celebrate heritage, as well as discuss how the sector can support them better. The main themes of the event were participation, training and early career development.

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Drew presented a talk to around 60 delegates on the importance of paid opportunities into the heritage sector, especially for young people coming from diverse backgrounds. Drew also spoke about the impact of seeing collections that were representative of his identity at Archives+, driving his passion to work within the archive sector. This was a great opportunity for him to talk about his current  role as the digital officer of ‘Coming in from the Cold’, encouraging better representation of BAME communities within archive collections.

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

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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.

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”