We have worked on many local heritage projects and have developed skills in oral history collection. These are our past projects:
Legacy of Ahmed –
2016 was the 30th anniversary of the death of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, murdered in Manchester in 1986 after defending younger Bangladeshi boys from racist bullying. AIUET – named in his memory – was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the ‘Legacy of Ahmed’ in 2015. We created a documentary and audio archive that reflects on and commemorates this legacy.
Yemeni Roots, Salford Lives was an oral history project we delivered with the Yemeni Community Association in Eccles. This community stretches back to the 1950s and wanted to record their history. With a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, project worker Jennie Vickers collected 22 life-story interviews, now available to read at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre. Jennie also created an exhibition shown at Salford Museum & Art Gallery (December 2012-June 2013) a book and set of posters that are available to borrow. Our project helped the Yemeni Community Association set up their own website: http://yca-manchester.org.uk
The Distance We Have Travelled was an oral history project we ran with communities in Manchester who originally came to England as refugees from Somalia, Afghanistan and Kurdistan. Project worker Anisa Dani worked with community interviewers to collect life story interviews that are now available to read in our archive. Artist Kevin Dalton-Johnson created an exhibition of these life-stories which toured in 2006-7 to thirteen venues, to raise awareness of the realities of the refugee experience. Posters and a teaching resource created from this project are available to borrow or buy.
Exploring Our Roots was an oral history project that explored the local heritage of Manchester’s Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Chinese, African Caribbean and West African communities, acknowledging the contribution of local ethnic minority groups to the development of modern Manchester and the Northwest.
Led by project teacher Ann Hardy, young people from Manchester High Schools interviewed people about their lives and experiences, collecting 74 recordings. We created banners, books, posters, videos and teaching materials for use in community groups, schools, libraries and museums. The teaching resource created by Dave Cooke, including a DVD created by Kooj Chuhan, is still available to buy. There is a beautiful book, Roots and Journeys,composed of autobiographies, available to buy and a set of posters available to borrow.
A Long Way From Home:
Young Refugees in Manchester write about their lives
This was our first outreach project, funded by Save the Children. Young people in Manchester secondary schools told their personal stories through poetry, short stories and biographies. They shared their experiences of loss, regret and solitude. We published a book of their work complemented with line drawings by local artist Ahmed ElHassan.
If you are interested in running your own oral history project, you can find some very useful advice in the toolkit which we created for the Heritage Lottery Fund North West:
“What is the point of oral history?” Oral History Toolkit