Latest Blog…Refugee World Cup

Latest Blog…Refugee World Cup

Football never really goes away...not even in the summer! We have found a lot of information about the Refugee World Cup. Here is our latest blog... Manchester’s World Cup The Refugee World Cup, a football tournament for teams made up of refugees and asylum seekers is one of the most popular events organised by the Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN). Starting in 1999 and based on the World Cup Finals, the tournament is timed to coincide with Refugee Week an annual, UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK. Photographs and press cuttings in the MRSN archive (from 2000) help tell the story of one of those involved in the tournament, football coach, Abdullahi Mohammed. Following the outbreak of civil war, Abdullahi left his home country of Somalia in 1990 in fear of his life. A qualified football referee and coach, Abdullahi made his home in the North West. ‘When I came...
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Picture of the week. Refugee Cultural Festival

Picture of the week. Refugee Cultural Festival

MRSN Manchester Refugee Cultural Festival, poster, 1998. This poster shows the 8 original communities which fed into and formed MRSN back when it started in 1996. Its vibrant yellow colour is certainly eye-catching and reminiscent of the joyful celebratory feel of the festivals.   Were you a member of one of the 8 original communities? Were you at the festival? Do you remember the early days of MRSN? If so we'd love to hear from you. Contact bill@mrsn.org.uk     ...
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We are creating an archive…but exactly what does that mean?

We are creating an archive…but exactly what does that mean?

What Awaits You in the MRSN Archives I’m an archivist so I know I’m biased but archives really are wonderful. They tell all kinds of incredible stories and evidence so much of our cultures, businesses, heritage and lives. However, some stories are more extraordinary than others. Some archives tell the stories of incredible ideas and amazing people. That is exactly what the MRSN archive is shaping up to do. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been sorting through the collections of MRSN so that in the future, people who want to know what MRSN did, how it was created and who was involved, can easily discover all they need to paint that picture. So, to give you a heads-up on the kinds of stories you can find in the MRSN archives, here’s a run-down on what we’ve got so far. Governance: through minutes and reports you can find out why the organisation was started, who its figure heads are/were and the triumphs and struggles...
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Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) does exactly “what it says on the tin”.

Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) does exactly “what it says on the tin”.

Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) does exactly “what it says on the tin”. MRSN is a Manchester based organisation that connects and supports local refugee communities. They provide advice, support, and space for refugees and asylum seekers to discuss their challenges, share information and seek resolutions autonomously within UK law and governance. They’ve been doing this since 1996 (on record at least!) and so this year we’re celebrating MRSN’s 20th anniversary. A grand moment to take pause and look back on the work that has been achieved. For me, a volunteer archivist, this means sharing one of MRSN’s biggest successes; The Refugee Charter for Manchester. The Refugee Charter for Manchester, launched in 2006, was devised, created and fought for by Mancunian refugees and asylum seekers from across the world. An achievement that was brought together with the organisational support of MRSN and Salford based, Community Pride Initiative. On launch day of the Charter Manchester’s Town Hall filled with over 400 people, with origins...
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Picture of the week

Picture of the week

Picture of the week. This photograph was taken at one of our first Refugee Cultural Festivals at the Friend's Meeting House...but who are the Chilean Dancers. Were you one of them? or were you there? If so, do get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Bill   ...
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From the Archives…Our Archive Team’s New Blog

From the Archives…Our Archive Team’s New Blog

Our Archive volunteer's new blog post on her work on the MRSN archive at Manchester Central Library. Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) does exactly “what it says on the tin”. MRSN is a Manchester based organisation that connects and supports local refugee communities. They provide advice, support, and space for refugees and asylum seekers to discuss their challenges, share information and seek resolutions autonomously within UK law and governance. They’ve been doing this since 1996 (on record at least!) and so this year we’re celebrating MRSN’s 20th anniversary. A grand moment to take pause and look back on the work that has been achieved. For me, a volunteer archivist, this means sharing one of MRSN’s biggest successes; The Refugee Charter for Manchester. The Refugee Charter for Manchester, launched in 2006, was devised, created and fought for by Mancunian refugees and asylum seekers from across the world. An achievement that was brought together with the organisational support of MRSN and Salford based, Community Pride Initiative....
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Picture of the week

Picture of the week

From now, until the end of the Heritage Project, we will be running a picture of the week feature. In our growing archive we have hundreds of pictures, but we don't always know where and when they were taken, or who is in them! These guys will all be in their twenties now! It was taken on an MRSN outing to Ghyll Head in the Lake District back in 2003. Are you one of the intrepid explorers or do you recognise somebody. If so drop me a line bill@mrsn.org.uk These pictures and many more will feature on our new digital time line, which will be appearing on the heritage page soon.  ...
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Refugee Cultural Festival

Refugee Cultural Festival

On Saturday 18th June at Manchester Art Gallery MRSN held a special Refugee Cultural Festival. This event was part of the MRSN Heritage Project and aimed to help people from across the city to focus on the history of MRSN during Refugee Week. There were a number of exciting acts and performances; including Neda Naser, the City of Sanctuary Choir, Refugee Boy by Chorlton High School and Still We Rise, performed by WAST (WAST)-Women Asylum Seekers Together. There was also a chance to look at what we have been doing on our heritage project and identify some of the faces and place on our vast collection of photographs.    ...
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