We hold regular exhibitions and events in Manchester related to the work we do. These events include book launches, photography exhibitions and oral histories.

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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 […]

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 […]

Why was the 1945 Pan-African Congress held in Manchester?

We’re delighted to publish this blog by renowned historian Marika Sherwood. Currently Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Marika is recognised not only for her detailed knowledge of the Pan-African Congress, but also for her commitment to advocating for Pan-Africanism to be better researched and documented.  

Black History Month 2020

October is Black History Month, and while the current restrictions mean we aren’t able to run our usual programme of in-person events, we will still have a full Black History Month programme online. We initially planned a series of events this year as part of our ‘21 Years of Activism’ programme of events marking the […]

Virtual exhibition: Journeys to Manchester

Missed it last year? Have no fear – view it digitally here!

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Awareness Week 2020

Celebrating Refugee Week during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Collecting

Is your experience during COVID-19 represented? Are your stories missing? Can we help protect them for the future?

Closure from 17.3.2020

In line with the UK Government’s latest advice on coronavirus and the closure of the University of Manchester, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre will be closed until further notice.

Pop-Up Exhibition: Mixed-race children of war

Visit our pop-up exhibition, based on Lucy Bland’s book, Britain’s Brown Babies: The stories of children born to black GIs and white women in the Second World War.

21 Years of Activism

This year’s events will be inspired by our theme of 21 Years of Activism. This is to celebrate our 21st birthday, and to acknowledge that activism is central to the work of the AIU Centre. Please keep an eye on this page as it will be updated as each event is confirmed.