Race Archive

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

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place every year on 27 January, a date which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. It is a day for remembering all those who have died in genocides, including the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and millions of others who died during […]

“Does Your Blood Not Move?”

Earlier this year we shared a post about the tragic death of Shukri Abdi, and its similarities with the case of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah. Shortly after that post was written, protests were held around the country, and in the USA and Canada. Here, Idiris Sheikhnur shares his experience of the protest in Manchester. (Note: this […]

Educational Resource Development – Freelance opportunity

Our archive and library collections hold an amazing range of diverse and powerful histories and experiences from Black, Asian, global majority, refugee and migrant communities. We need someone to help us create a set of lesson/activity plans and other resources that are rooted in our collections and support teachers and educators to deliver strong anti-racist […]

Poet in Residence

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our first poet in residence, Shirley May, one of the best known and loved performers on the Manchester poetry scene. Shirley May has performed in the North West, nationally and internationally, appearing at the Nuyorican Cafe in New York and the Calabash writing festival in Jamaica. Shirley […]

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