The Team

We would like to introduce the team for the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project.

Jennie Vickers

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My role as Community Engagement Manager is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and share their heritage – something I’m really passionate about. I want to ensure that projects lead to high quality outcomes that can be archived and shared in the long term. To this end, I coordinate an annual programme of events and training for BAME groups who are thinking about or in the process of delivering a heritage project. I can also help groups to organise and prioritise initial project ideas and support certain areas of delivery. You can contact me at

Jo Robson

Photo of Jo Robson taken by Drew Ellery

As the newly appointed Archivist of the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project, I am excited to be working with BAME communities to assist them in understanding and developing archive collections as part of their HLF projects. My role involves working with community groups to help them develop an understanding of, and confidence in working with archives. Creating good archives, as an integral part of a project, will encourage their acceptance into archive institutions. This means the community and project can have a lasting visibility and that records of these communities will be available for historians of the future. You can contact me at

Drew Ellery

Photo of Drew Ellery taken by Daniella Carrington.

As the Digital Officer of the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project, I am excited to be championing the representation of BAME communities within archive collections. My role involves working alongside community groups to develop interactive displays within Archives+ digital exhibition space. As a previous Skills for the Future archives trainee, I look forward to transferring knowledge and experience learnt throughout my traineeship into my role. I am also working towards an MA in Art Gallery and Museum studies at the University of Manchester, part-time. You can contact me at

Laila Benhaida

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My role as Trainee Archivist of the ‘Coming in from the Cold’  project involves developing my knowledge and experience of working with archive collections. I previously worked in Buying and Merchandising but have always wanted to break into the Heritage sector. I’ve always had an interest in race relations and the history of minority-ethnic groups in Great Britain. I think this project will serve a need to provide support to our vibrant community groups and get them thinking about Archives as an output of their project. I plan to apply for a Diploma/Masters in Archives and Information studies next year.

Jackie Ould

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As the former Director of both the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust, I coordinated and oversaw project activities. My background is in teaching, with a specialist area in anti-racist education in schools. I provide support for teachers and lead on outreach activities. ‘Coming in from the Cold’ allows us to share knowledge gained through years of experience in heritage and will help us to develop an archive that is more fully representative of Manchester’s diverse communities.

Marzuqa Iffat

Marzuqa Iffat
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I am a recent graduate of the University of Manchester, with a Bachelor of Sociology degree (with Honours). My role as Project Intern, is to assist Jennifer Vickers in the first phase of the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project. We are conducting an audit of existing collections of BME community archives and oral histories across Greater Manchester. I am also supporting Jennifer in collecting, processing and examining BME heritage lottery funded projects. I am excited to see how the development stage of this project unfolds.

Daniella Carrington

Daniella Carrington
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Being on a work placement at the Trust, part of my responsibility is as Project Assistant. I am documenting the activities of the project, to provide updates through the blog, and for archival purposes. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, I am a postgraduate student at the University of Manchester, on the Masters in Art Gallery and Museum Studies programme. I have an interest in issues of representation, and archives play an invaluable role. Our work with the ‘Coming in from the Cold’ project shows the possibilities of archival research.