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Exhibition Reflection: Journeys to Manchester

On the 18th June 2019 we launched ‘Journeys to Manchester’, an exhibition exploring the lives of people displaced by conflict, persecution or natural disaster who have settled in Manchester. The main purpose of the exhibition is to highlight experiences and realities of migrating to a new country, using quotes from oral histories of individuals involved […]

Cheetham Cultural Festival

Past event – On Saturday 21st September myself, Angela and Hattie took part in the Cheetham Cultural Festival by displaying some material from one of our recent collections on the ground floor of Central Library. The collection consists of Cheetham Hill Advice Centre’s (CHAC) organisational records, annual reports and advice booklets and the organisation is […]

Black Then, Black Now: Hair braiding, yoga and more

This year for Black History Month we’re mixing things up. As well as turning things on their head on the 1st October (filling Central Library cafe with live music and the Performance Space with free food), AIU Centre x Big People Music have created some events that wouldn’t usually be found in Black History Month. […]

Book Launch: Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’

Past event – An opportunity to meet with Lucy Bland, Professor of Social and Cultural History, Anglia Ruskin University, the author of Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’:The stories of children born to black GIs and white women in the Second World War. An estimated 2,000 babies were born to black GIs and white British women in the second […]

Double Book Launch: His Own Man & Imagining Robert Reschid

Past event – His Own Man is the historical biography of Robert Stanley, a respectable northern working-class Victorian man who converted to Islam. His family kept his Muslim identity a secret however, for nearly a century… The ‘sister’ book, Imagining Robert Reschid, is a work of creative fiction using plays, scripts and monologues. Both books were […]

Black Then, Black Now: Black History Month 2019

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust x Big People Music present 3 days of history, 3 days of futurity on the 1st, 28th and 30th October @ Central library. Come and experience black culture, what it means, and why unifying a social movement forward is crucial to how we define a legacy. We encourage you […]

Aratta – Armenians in the North West

Past event – Aratta: The Exhibition showcases the stories of people in Manchester with Armenian heritage or intricate ties to Armenia. The exhibition includes the photography of Robert Binder and Darren Bullock along with extracts from several oral history interviews with the individuals involved. Location: Ground Floor, Manchester Central Library When: May 2019 – June […]

Marika Sherwood, Kwame Nkrumah and the Pan-African Congress Archive

Upon the launch of her latest book, Kwame Nkrumah and the Dawn of the Cold War, Marika Sherwood spoke yesterday, 30th April 2019, on the topics of colonialism, communism and the importance of researching black history and activism at an event hosted by the AIU Centre. The talk was followed by an engaging Q&A and insightful discussion with […]