This collection consists of archive material relating to the activities of the Macdonald Inquiry and supporting documentation. The archive contains papers recording the process of the Inquiry including guidelines and procedures, and details of witnesses and interview schedules. Correspondence relates to the recording of statements and evidence and the publication of the Inquiry, including letters to individual witnesses and members of the Inquiry panel. Sources of information used for the Inquiry include papers relating to Burnage High School and other Manchester schools, and reports and recommendations from a number of organisations involved in education and race relations.
The collection also contains newspaper articles about the Inquiry and wider educational issues, and publicity relating to the Inquiry itself. A large proportion of the collection consists of witness statements and evidence taken from pupils, parents, teachers and individuals and groups involved in education and relate both to the death of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah and issues concerning multiculturalism and racism in Manchester schools.