The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust

We work in close partnership with our sister organisation, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust.

The Trust is an independent charity and is currently funded by Manchester City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Trust and RACE Centre staff work as one team towards a shared vision, mission and values. Working so closely ensures that the centre is strongly connected to Greater Manchester's Global Majority communities. 

Photo: Artwork produced by Trust and local schools

The Trust leads our community outreach and public engagement, building and maintaining sustained relationships with Global Majority communities across Greater Manchester. Trust staff work closely with these communities to document their histories, and in many cases this work results in donations to the RACE Centre, thus enriching and extending our collections. These community-created publications and archives are one of the reasons why RACE Centre collections are nationally recognised as unique and significant

The work of the Education Trust

A core part of the Education Trust's work is to support Global Majority community groups to collect oral histories, photographs and documents. This results in nuanced archive collections that document their experiences and histories in their own words and presented from their perspective. The Trust's ethical and sensitive oral history work and community-led collecting is nationally-recognised as sector-leading. 

The Trust works with schools and educators to ensure that young people from all backgrounds can explore Global Majority histories and about the legacy of colonialism and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Staff are currently developing collections-based anti-racist educational materials. 

Trust staff lead on public engagement, including programming for South Asian Heritage Month and Black History Month (and other events and commemorations). This engagement work also includes workshops, events and exhibitions, often platforming the work of groups we support and showcasing our archive and library collections.

The Trust also takes on paid commissions for consultancy, critical friend work, and training and workshops. These commissions focus on areas such as:

  • Organisational EDI reviews
  • Developing anti-racist strategies and development plans
  • Ethical community engagement

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