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

Coming to Manchester: Stories of South Asian migration to Manchester

This blog looks at South Asian migration to Manchester, using the Push-Pull theory of migration to deepen understanding. It is written for readers with limited knowledge of South Asian migration to Manchester, but we hope that readers with South Asian roots will recognise their community’s experiences and find something of interest here. This piece is […]

#BLM: Archiving Black experience during the COVID-19 pandemic

Drew Ellery talks about what he has donated to our COVID-19 collecting project, and why.

Safety4Sisters: ‘If we don’t document what is happening, who will?’

A conversation with Sandhya Sharma of Safety 4 Sisters We’re delighted to announce that we’ve received our first donations to our COVID-19 Collecting project. The donations came from Sandhya Sharma, Group Coordinator at Safety 4 Sisters (S4S).

The tragedy of Shukri Abdi – lessons still not learnt

Last week was Refugee Week. While it is incredibly important to understand and celebrate the contribution of people that have often overcome unimaginable trauma before arriving in the UK, we must continue to reflect on how welcoming we are as a country and whether our infrastructure is fit for purpose.

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