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Call for Covid-19 stories as experienced by BAME communities

16 Jun 2020

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource and Education Trust has launched a campaign to collect stories from Greater Manchester’s BAME communities

Covid-19 Collecting

We are living through an unprecedented period in our history with the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Coronavirus has had an impact on how we work and interact with each other as well as how we live and die. Archives and the stories captured and preserved within them have a central role in recording these exceptional times.

The mission at the AIU RACE Centre is to make BAME history, heritage and culture more visible. Historical accounts from BAME communities using their own words are not equally represented in the public record, and are at risk of loss. They work to collect these stories, documents, records and materials.

What is COVID-19 Collecting? 

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on BAME communities. To ensure this is captured for future researchers, educators and commentators and that our collective national history represents all our communities, a campaign has launched to collect stories from Greater Manchester’s BAME communities. 

Share your experiences, reflections and responses about the pandemic - you can share videos, photos, screenshots, newspaper articles, blogs, creative projects, journals and diaries – anything you think tells the story of you and your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be mindful of including the thoughts and personal details of other people without their permission – always ask first.

Email your submissions

Donations can be attached to an email with your full name, contact details (email address, phone number) and some contextual information – who created the item? Why, and why is it important to you? Where and when was it made or found? This is so that it can be properly recorded in the archive.

Please email submissions to rrarchive@manchester.ac.uk. You can also email (or get in touch via social media @aiucentre for more information about the process or if you have any questions.

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