Working with schools and educators

Our mission is to make global majority history, heritage and culture more accessible, supporting excellence in research and learning.

To support this, we want to equip young people with the tools they need to take pride in their own histories and appreciate others', to recognise and challenge racist and discriminatory narratives, and to help them to make sense of the world today. We also want young people to feel more connected to their local stories. We hope to spark and nurture a passion for enquiry and learning.

We recognise the important work going on in schools and youth settings to enable young people to explore the history of multi-cultural Britain and its Global Majority communities, and to ensure young people see themselves and each other represented in the curriculum.

Explore our collections

Our library and archive collections can play a key role in educational work, equipping teachers and youth workers with unique materials to draw on in teaching and youth work. They will also help educators develop contextual knowledge, to teach confidently.

Explore our collections here.

Use our library space

Our library space is a great space where you can access our library collection any time Manchester Central Library is open. You can bring young people to the library at any time, and in some cases we may be able to organise a tailored visit.

If you are interested in this, please contact us.

Encouraging young people to use our collections and space

We welcome young people to our library, as it offers an accessible and comfortable space to spend time and study. Importantly, it is a space where young people of Global Majority space will see their heritage reflected back at them, on the shelves.

Join our events and activities

Our programme of events and activities will help anyone wishing to build their own knowledge of global histories and anti-racist activism, and we often have activities aimed specifically at young people.

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Tailored sessions

We can offer tailored library visits and archive engagement sessions to schools and other people working with young people, depending on capacity.

Please contact us if you'd like to discuss this.