Community Archive

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre holds a growing archive of papers, audio recordings and photographs documenting the histories of the different people in our city, often donated by local heritage projects.  This collection will ensure that the history is not lost to future generations. Do you have a personal archive of papers or photographs that add to the histories of Manchester’s diverse communities? Talk to us about donating your collection to the archive.

Newest additions to the archive

Manchester Refugee Support Network:

20 audio interviews and an extensive paper and digital archive gathered in an HLF- funded project in 2015-16. The project explored the 20 year history of MRSN and its crucial role in supporting local refugee community organisations and spearheading initiatives such as the Refugee Charter.  A selection of the archive can be seen in the ‘Radical Thinking’ digital interactive in Archives+. Donated by MRSN/Bill Longshaw.

SELATIN BOGUJEVCIVoices of Kosovo in Manchester:

30 audio interviews and related documentary material. Manchester Aid to Kosovo (MaK) produced the VOKIM ‘Voices of Kosovo in Manchester’ project between 2014-16,  with funding from HLF. The project recorded the story of the Kosovar community in Manchester. Many arrived as refugees in 1999, evacuated to the North West in part of a global humanitarian response to ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.  Their voices have been captured alongside a selection of the many people who responded to their struggle. Donated by MAK/Pam Dawes.


Nimba talesNimba Tales

25 audio interviews, mostly in French with English summaries. Nimba Tales was a project run in 2015 by Warm Hut UK, with HLF funding.  It aimed to preserve the culture of people in Greater Manchester (mostly Salford) from Guinea Conakry. We also have a copy of the Nimba Tales comic book produced in this project. Donated by Warm Hut/Pipeeh Miyalu.


Other archives

The Hulme Study  – a large body of material documenting the initial plans to regenerate Hulme in the 1990s and the community’s response, collected by Professor Valerie Karn. Donated by the estate of Valerie Karn.

The Macdonald Inquiry – a large body of material including transcripts and statements, from the Inquiry (1987) chaired by QC Sir Ian Macdonald into the death of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah.   Due to the sensitive nature of the material researchers need to apply to access the collection. Donated by Inquiry solicitor Robert Lizar.