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Opening the Archive Thinking about collections Ways in to the collection

Meaningful Connections: how strong communities make stronger movements

Natalie Ward

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Attendees at the 5th Pan African Congress, Manchester, 1945. Archive Refrence GB3228.34

How Friendship and Business Help Build the Pan African Congress

Mr Alfred Gaisie’s 1995 Interview with Robin Grinter was my introduction into the Pan-African Congress archive collection. The archive is held within the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre. I was immediately struck by how much importance he placed on his friendship with Dr T. Ras Makonnen.

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What is the City but the People? Manchester, Children’s Literature, and the World

“The Archives+ project, like the folktale project, promotes the idea that everyone’s story matters, and that stories of the city are for everyone.”

A very thoughtful/thought-provoking piece on theracetoread blog, following a visit to the Resource Centre and Central Library last week from a group of summer school students studying ‘Race, Literature and the Archive’. Makes a lovely connection between our children’s book projects and our wider role as part of the Archives+ partnership.

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Last week I took my MA students to Manchester.  Officially, they are on a course I designed called Race, Literature and the Archive—but students don’t come on Summer Abroad Courses just for extra library time (shock horror).  Many of them were particularly interested in Manchester because of the recent terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena during the Ariana Grande concert in which 22 (mostly young) people were killed.  We had discussed the diversity in Manchester prior to coming to England, and they wanted to know how the city was handling the attack.  I have, of course, been to Manchester several times, and knew exactly how Manchester would be handling it—but I was pleased to see signs all over the city advertising the Manchester International Festival (currently in progress).  They said, simply, What is the City but the People?

IMG_3402.JPGThis sign was everywhere in the city–and sometimes it even mentioned the…

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Christmas Extravaganza with the Green Screen!

We love what the good folk at Archives+ did with our Christmas Cards from Around the World collection at their Christmas Extravaganza at the weekend! Take a look below….

On Saturday, Central Library hosted their annual Christmas Extravaganza. This event is the start of the festive season for many local residents as one comment from the day suggests, ‘Choirs in the library and meeting Father Christmas has become part of our annual Christmas experience for the whole family, lovely.’

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This year we included the magic of a Green Screen, with our National Archives Trainee Jane on the activity. Using colourful Christmas cards from around the world, provided by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, Victorian Christmas cards from the archives and film footage from the North West Film Archives; we were able to take some wonderful pictures and record Christmas messages. All of the photographs and messages were tweeted on the @archivesplus Twitter account on the day.

For a photograph, each family chose which image they would like to use and then posed in front of…

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A Quick Peek at Archives+…

It’s all hands on deck here this week as we get ready for the reopening of Central Library, incorporating us and our Archives+ partners. No time to write a proper post this week, so I thought I’d share this from the Archives+ blog – a few sneaky peak pictures from inside!

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Central Library reopens this Saturday (22nd), which is also the first day of the Manchester Histories Festival – there will be loads going on, so come on down and see for yourself, and don’t forget to visit our library on the Lower Ground Floor!