We are passionate about collecting and sharing the heritage of the region’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and ensuring that community projects are archived at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust offers ongoing training to community groups with an interest in producing archive quality oral histories. 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, email: [email protected] or call 0161 275 2920


We’re keen to hear from volunteers with specific skills and knowledge. We would also like to support those interested in pursuing a career in museums, libraries, archives or heritage. Example volunteer roles are listed below (click on the links for more information.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please take a look at our Volunteer Policy.

What our volunteers say

Rebecca Bailey

Rebecca Bailey, 25, is an assistant exhibitions manager at The Royal Academy of Arts in London. Originally from Salford, and later Warrington, she completed a six-month internship as an oral history assistant with the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust as part of her MA in Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester. “The internship […]

Holly Randhawa

Holly Randhawa, 23 and from Birmingham, was an intern with the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust for six months. She arranged the placement through the Institute for Cultural Practices’ placement scheme, a course offered to postgraduate students at the University of Manchester. “My official title is sound archive assistant, which involves creating digital sound clips from […]

Daniella Carrington

Cultural officer at the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Trinidad and Tobago Daniella, 33, spent eight months as an intern with the trust in 2017, initially as part of a work placement while studying for her master’s degree in Museum Studies with the University of Manchester, and then as a volunteer.  Assisting […]

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Keep up to date with our current projects, events and activities.  

Meaningful Connections: how strong communities make stronger movements

This is another refreshed blog, originally published in 2019. It’s written by Natalie Ward, who was an intern at the AIU Centre. As well as exploring the friendship between Ras T Makonnen and Alfred Gaisie, Natalie underlines the importance of the various cafes, restaurants and other safe Black-run spaces that existed at the time of the 1945 Congress.   How Friendship and Business Helped Build […]

Researching Ras T. Makonnen and Pan-Africanism in Manchester at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre

In this blog / article, guest writer Jack A. W. Bowman shares his experiences of researching the Pan African National Congress in Manchester. He offers insight into the Congress, but also how subsequent Black activists like Kath Locke continued its work in their local anti-racist activism.   Please note: in this blog, he uses the term Black to mean of African and/or African-Caribbean heritage, rather than the broader […]

The 1945 Pan-African Congress: Manchester and the Fight for Equality

This is the first of four Black History Month blogs, all focusing on the Pan-African Congress of 1945 held here in Manchester. In this refreshed blog (originally posted in 2019)  Holly Randhawa, at the time on work placement at the AIU Centre, writes about 1945’s Congress, underlining the importance of combatting colonial nostalgia.