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The Legacy of Ahmed project that I’ve been managing for the last 18 months has just been awarded ‘runner up’ in the Manchester BME Network awards, heritage category. Partners of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust, MRSN came first. Partners, Ananna also scooped first prize in the Arts section, so a brilliant night all round!




Fri 14th Oct would have been Ahmed Iqbal Ullah’s 44th birthday. The Legacy project marked the occasion by launching a commemorative exhibition at Manchester Central Library.  In spite of restrictions that meant we couldn’t mark the walls in the Library’s Performance Space, so had to come up with inventive ways to mount and dismantle exhibition material in just one day, we got there! Displays for the event included window panels, banners, cases of archive material, text panels and a book. Around 120 guests attended the event, with speeches delivered by Councillor Lufther Rahman, Selina Ullah and Professor Lou Kushnick.

A smaller display continues in the Lower Ground floor community exhibition space until Jan 2017. To find out more about the Legacy project and The Ahmed Iqbal Education Trust click here.

CommunityShowcase2016-4We’ve had an interesting week, with lots of events taking place at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre as part of the Manchester Histories Festival. Look out for our stall at the Town Hall this Saturday…

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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I recently co-authored an oral history toolkit, commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim was to help community groups embarking on projects for the first time. The toolkit was managed by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust and is available to download via their website. As well as explaining why oral history can be useful, relevant and engaging for everyone it also contains practical information on buying and using equipment, conducting an interview and documenting archival-quality content.

Thanks to Bill Longshaw (co-author), Jackie Ould (editor), Amy Russell (illustrator) and Daniel Teague (designer).

Click here to access the toolkit


I ran some interview training last week for staff and volunteers on Community Arts North West’s oral history project, Lisapo. More training on summarising content to follow…

I’ve also been interviewing a key activist in the Manchester Afro-Caribbean community for the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre. To view a summary of the recording or to listen to memories that include life in a former British colony, emigration, resettlement and activism visit the archives.

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Earlier in the spring I ran a couple of workshops at Divine Mercy RC Primary School in Moss Side, Manchester. Children in Year 4 made model crocodiles, jackals and people then decorated scenery using hand made printing blocks.

Children also worked with staff from The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust, to re-tell a traditional Bengali folktale. Their book, The Crocodile Who Ran Out of Ideas will be available to buy later this year.