The Manchester Bangladeshi Women's Project was established to meet the specific needs of Bangladeshi women in the Manchester community. It later became the Manchester Bangladeshi Women's Organisation, Ananna. A steering committee was formed with all Bangladeshi women at a public meeting in Longsight library, 1987, where local Councillors showed support for the project. After being awarded funding, it officially started its services in September 1989 in Longsight, Manchester.
It was initally run by the local Social Services Department and then in June 1990 it became fully independent with an newly formed Management Committee and held its first Annual General Meeting. It was given the new name Ananna at the 1999 Annual General Meeting, meaning "unique woman" in Bengali.
"Ananna is a unique organisation, providing services for women by women and for the benefit of the whole community." Ananna has delivered a wealth of services including education, health, childcare, training, day trips and religious celebrations, much of which is represented in this collection.