Virtual exhibition: Journeys to Manchester

a collage of images from the Journey to Manchester Exhibition

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

Journeys to Manchester was an exhibition curated by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and Education Trust in 2019, to bring together several of our archive collections that document the experiences of refugee and asylum seeker communities in Manchester.

Flyer for the original exhibition, launched in June 2019. Image taken from AIU RACE Centre archive.

The exhibition consisted of 10 large panels, which were displayed in the Lower Ground Floor exhibition space in Manchester’s Central Library for just over a month. It was an immersive experience, owing to the use of video, sound and QR codes to access previously unheard oral history extracts. It was a rather special project for us!

You can read more about the contents of the exhibition and how it was put together here.

With the current lock-down in place, we are currently unable to access our archives, library or oral history collection. You can read about how we’re adapting our Refugee Week celebrations here. Keep an eye on our social media (@aiucentre) and the website for updates!

One panel from the Journeys to Manchester exhibition highlights the current definitions and facts around Refugee and Asylum Seekers in the UK.

One of the ways we wanted to ensure Refugee Week celebrations still go ahead was to bring you the exhibition once again, in a digital way, so that you can read through and take a look in your own time. You can download the original exhibition panels below:

Enjoy the exhibition, and please let us know what you think using the tag #JourneysToManchester and #RefugeeWeek2020 on social media!