We hold regular exhibitions and events in Manchester related to the work we do. These events include book launches, photography exhibitions and oral histories. See the individual event pages for more details.


Professor Ngugi Wa Thiong’o; Pan Africanism and Grassroots Movements Symposium at The Windrush Centre

We were recently honoured to be invited to introduce the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre  and its collections to Professor Ngugi Wa Thiong’o; delegate from Kenya and other guests of the Racial Justice Network’s symposium at The Windrush Centre in Manchester (11 October 2023). Community Archivist, Laila, talks about the event here.

Muslims Like Us- Islamophobia Awareness Month

Muslims Like Us event at Manchester Central Library, (21 Nov 2023) As part of Islamophobia Awareness Month, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre hosted an open mic event on 21st November 2022. Collaborating with Muslim Writer’s North and spoken word-artist/poet, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, the session followed workshops with young people during South Asian Heritage Month (read […]

Refugee Week – Nurturing Compassion and Critical Thinking

During Refugee Week 2023 the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre in Manchester Central Library held a roundtable discussion with a group of invited participants to address a pressing question: How can we nurture compassion towards refugees and critical thinking about refugeeism among young people?

Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Books and Resources

The books and resources included in this list focus on refugees, asylum seekers, migration and related issues and are available in the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre Library or online. This is not an exhaustive list – there are many more books on these topics available in our library, and we regularly update our collection […]

Beyond Refugee Week….our new approach to Refugee Week, Black History Month, International Women’s Day etc

We asked ourselves ‘How can we offer opportunities to explore Global Majority histories all year round? How can we help creative freelancers develop a steady stream of work? How can we ensure our team can work in comfortable and healthy ways?’

Windrush 75: Caribbean Migration to the UK – Books and Resources

The books and resources included in this list focus on Caribbean migration to the UK, symbolised by the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush to Tilbury Docks, Essex on 22 June 1948, 75 years ago

Earth Day 2023: 15 Books on Refugeeism and the Climate Crisis 

Our theme for Earth Day this year, at the AIU RACE Centre, is “Environmental Devastation and its impact on Refugeeism”. When environmental devastation takes place, we witness social, cultural, and political upheaval.  

In Conversation – Black History Month

Maya Sharma, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre’s Collections Engagement Officer in conversation with Nelson Cummins, Communities and Campaigns Officer at the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights.

We Are Carnival! – a reading list

Some reading suggestions on the theme of Carnival from our library.

South Asian Heritage Month 2022: Journeys of Empire

We’ve selected some books from our library that explore Partition and its legacies. The list includes non-fiction and novels, as well as some titles suitable for younger readers.

Refugee Week 2022: Reading List

A suggested reading list of books from the RACE Centre library that celebrate the stories and achievements of refugees all over the world.

Visit to Wellcome Institute Collection

Laila Benhaida, Community Archivist, reflects on our visit to London.