Story of Manchester's BME communities

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3228 8
  • Dates of Creation
      1950 - 2000
  • Language of Material
      English Bengali Gujarati Vietnamese Chinese Hindi Somali Urdu Arabic
  • Physical Description
      10 Boxes

Scope and Content

The scope of the collection is very wide, covering the main themes of the Race Relations library as a whole, but with a focus on Manchester. The themes covered include

  • arts and culture
  • religion
  • heritage
  • charitable causes
  • benefits and support
  • police and justice
  • racism and anti-racism
  • housing
  • elderly
  • children and young people
  • employment
  • education
  • health
  • women
  • refugees and immigration
  • community support and development
  • general community information
  • individuals
  • photographs

Geographically the collection has a focus on South Manchester, particularly Moss Side, Levenshulme, Longsight and Hulme. There is also material covering Trafford, East and North Manchester and Salford as well as wider. Much material represents Manchester city as a whole. The collection mainly comprises of leaflets, newsletters, posters, pamphlets, some letters, reports and meeting papers for various community organisations and initiatives.

Administrative / Biographical History

Manchester has diverse and vibrant BME communities. A key mission of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre is to preserve and tell their stories. Within this collection are fragments of stories of many and diverse issues, events and themes within Manchester's BME history.


The material has been arranged according to the following series: art and culture, religion, heritage, charitable causes, benefits and support, police and justice, racism and anti-racism, housing, elderly, children and young people, employment, education and health, women, refugees and immigration, community support and development, general community information, individuals, photographs.

A lower level description has not been imposed so as to allow making additional deposits easier. A loose description at series level in the scope and content fields is complimented by detailed key word lists for each series listing key themes, ethnicity, places, organisations/people and events where relevant.

No strict order to these overall series has been imposed so as to allow the collection to expand as easily as possible.

Within the series, the material has not been rigorously organised, again to allow ease of making additional accessions.

Access Information

Open access. 24 hours notice required. Please contact the Race Relations Resource Centre for more details.

Other Finding Aids

There is a partial itemised list and partial box list for this collection, viewable on request.

Related Material

The local studies section of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource library. The Ananna archive. The Steve Cohen archive.