We are passionate about preserving the history of Manchester’s diverse community and the story of race relations in the UK. With our archival facilities in Manchester Central Library we can ensure that material is properly conserved, preserved and catalogued, now and for the future.

We are interested in acquiring physical and digital material including books, other publications, memorabilia, documents, oral histories, photographs and other ephemera that contribute to this mission.

In particular we are interested in acquiring:

  • Material that reflects Greater Manchester BME communities, organisations, cultural events and activism
  • Material about refugee experiences related to Manchester
  • Outputs and collections created through academic research at the University of Manchester into local BME communities and history
  • Material relating to Manchester student protest and activism relating to race

Please note we are unable to accept:

  • Non-UK material (except African-American experiences in some circumstances)
  • Copies, non-original material and material that is easily available elsewhere
  • Artefacts
  • Material that is damaged as to be unusable, or of potential danger to the rest of the collection, for example containing mould

More detail can be found in our Collection Development Policy.

If you would like to enquire about donating material to us please complete the Archive Donation Form and either post or e-mail it to

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre
Central Library
Manchester City Council
PO BOX 532
Albert Square
M60 2LA