In September I was appointed manager of a further project at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust. The aim is to reflect on the legacy of Ahmed’s death, 30 years after he was killed in a racist attack in a local school playground.  I’ve already gathered a number of oral history interviews and am also working closely with The Bangladeshi Women’s Association (Ananna) in Longsight, to document the development of this community over the same period. Click here to find out more.

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This week we began sorting and collating Ananna’s archive. We made a good start tidying the archive room, sifting through 26 years of collected ephemera (as you can see from these ‘before’ and ‘after pictures) though we haven’t even opened the filing cabinets yet! Rubber gloves and dust masks to the ready. I think it’s going to be a long haul…

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