We’re delighted to have Daniella Carrington, a postgraduate Museum Studies student, working with us over the next few months as Collections and Projects Assistant. She comes to us through the Institute for Cultural Practices placement scheme, University of Manchester, and we’re already making full use of her skills and knowledge. Here she reflects on her first month in post…
It has been (technically) one month since I began a work placement at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre. How time flies! Learning about this rather special place, how they were founded, and the kind of needful work they do, has been an enriching experience so far. I got to know the staff both personally and professionally, peruse the library, and even get an up close look at the archive to understand the scope of work at the Centre and its sister organisation the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust.
This first month focused on getting familiar with the projects the Resource Centre and Education Trust do and the support they lend to communities, focusing namely on oral histories. It allowed me to see just how culturally diverse and creative is Manchester. I had a go at oral history documentation and the cataloguing process to make the archives publicly accessible, and an aspect of it deals with digital preservation, which the organisation is wetting its feet in. I even got to do a little photography documenting a visit by American Studies students from the University of Manchester, because I cannot help but capture moments.
I look forward to being a part of the work at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, because their content and purpose does resonate with me in many ways. Being an international student from the Caribbean studying in the United Kingdom, I am gauging my perspectives from my own work experience back at home in Trinidad and Tobago, which is like the Centre. I work in a relatively small team at the Culture Division, a public institution that engages and enables communities, stakeholders and such in the Culture Sector and it is quite lovely finding that vibe here at the Centre in Manchester!