All good wishes for a great year ahead x

This Super Saturday at Gallery Oldham, we had fun making paper snowflakes, inspired by the recent ‘paper’ exhibition.

This week at Eachstep Blackley dementia support group, I was working with song writer Matt Hill. Our theme was Bonfire Night. Participants remembered building wooden structures on the croft, stockpiling rockets in biscuit tins, poking the bonfire to release floating embers and rotting your teeth with toffee apples and treacle. Matt compiled their memories into a two verse poem.

We then used pastels, dripping paint (blown with straws) and coloured sand (to add texture) to make fantastic firework pictures. Another fun-filled day!



The project that I manage – Coming in From the Cold (supporting BAME communities to record and archive their histories) – has been nominated for an award in the ‘Inspiring Innovation’ category. Winners announced on 9th November.

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I think I enjoy doing my four-year-old’s homework, much more than she does!


  Inspired by the banners

So was my daughter, Alice!

The British Textile Biennial is awesome. Please visit if you can.So far I’ve made it to Brierfield Mill (near Nelson) to see the vast display of banners (of all shapes, sizes, causes and eras) and Townley Hall to see an exhibition of cross stitch (old and new, painstaking and subversive). Both utterly fantastic and completely inspiring. Must see more before it’s too late…



I was delighted to receive my complimentary copy of ‘Participatory Archives’ in the post this morning. It features an article I co-authored with Hannah Niblett, on our experiences of working together in a community archives setting. Hannah left the AIU Race Relations Resource Centre earlier this year and I really miss her.