In 2015 MRSN Heritage was given funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to create an accessible archive to make the remarkable history of the Manchester Refugee Support Network available to everyone. The archive contains oral history recordings with important figures in the organisation’s formation and development that tell the story of how MRSN has evolved over the last 20 years. It also includes photographs, documents and objects that tell the story of how Manchester’s refugee communities have come together to support one another.
The Archive has now been deposited in the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre (AIURRRC) at Manchester Central Library, so that future generations can find out about our work. There is currently a pop-up exhibition at the AIURRRC and you can see digital displays and get a taste of the oral histories in the Archives+ area at the Library-in the ‘Radical Thinking section. We hope that the project and the archive will challenge people’s perceptions of what it means to be a refugee and inspires other groups to record and archive their own histories.
If you have any questions about the project, please contact:
Manchester Refugee Support Network
0161 868 0777