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Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust

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Explore our extensive archives documenting local Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community history.

Community Work

We deliver talks and training at community events, workshops and conferences.


Our library collection has over 14,780
titles, covering topics including culture
and identity, history, politics, and local

Oral Histories

Access excerpts from our collection of recorded life stories

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AIU Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust

The Resource Centre is free to visit and includes hundreds of books on the history of race, migration and ethnicity. Our archive contains a wide range of documents, leaflets, posters, photographs and ephemera donated by BAME communities across Greater Manchester. The Education Trust offers ongoing training to community groups with an interest in producing archive- quality research materials. We can also help with other aspects of project planning and delivery–from bid writing support to workshops, exhibition space and the long-term preservation of your research.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a project idea.

Current Activities

‘Mak’: Ras T Makonnen, the unrecognized hero of the Pan-African Movement

Makonnen is rarely a figure of historical enquiry and in the surrounding Pan-African historiography he is mentioned infrequently, treated as a small figure in the global movement. This brief biography suggests that he held much influence within the movement and ideology of Pan-Africanism, and understanding his life is an important part of rediscovering and understanding the inner workings of the movement

Introducing Nat Holmes

Nat Holmes, who will be working with us to create new teaching resources Please note: In this piece we use the term global majority communities. By this we mean Black, Asian, people of colour, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Often labelled as minority in the UK, we represent 80% of the world population, therefore: global […]

Establishing and holding on to anti-racist space in the University of Manchester

The RACE Centre Reception Desk based in Manchester Central Library You can read this new post from our Collections Engagement Officer Maya Sharma on the Decolonise UoM blog. Here’s a brief extract: Centering Black, Brown and global majority history, perspective and knowledge Black, Brown and ethnic minority people’s lives, knowledge, histories and experiences, are often […]

Be yourself, your authentic self

We talked with Shirley May, our Poet in Residence, about her new poem ‘They Came With Backbone‘, written for International Women’s Day, and how it connects with our archives and her own story. Your first collection of poems, She Wrote Her Own Eulogy, is very much based on your mother’s life – how important do […]

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