History - Manchester

Book
Just Lately I Realise: Stories from West Indian lives, Gatehouse Project
1984, Gatehouse Project: Manchester
>> Short stories written by Manchester-based West Indian men and women, recounting childhoods in Tobago and Jamaica, journeys to England in the late 50s and early 60s, and settling in Manchester.
Shelf ref: MAN/HI.3/GAT

Book
The Making of Manchester Jewry: 1740 - 1875, Bill Williams
1985, Manchester University Press: Manchester
>> The story of early Jewish settlers in Manchester, tracing how they lived, worked and worshipped and how the distinctive patterns of Jewish community life in Manchester emerged long before the mass migrations to the city after 1880.
Shelf ref: MAN/HI.3/WIL

Report
Coloured Families in Council Houses: Progress and prospects in Manchester, Robin Ward
1971, Manchester Council for Community Relations: Manchester
>> Published at the time that 4,000 houses in Moss Side were planned for demolition, this widely disseminated report discusses access to council housing for Black and minority ethnic groups in Manchester.
Shelf ref: MAN/HO.3/WAR

Oral history
Roots Oral History Project: A series of interview transcripts with members of Manchester’s African and Caribbean communities
1980 – 1990, Manchester
>> This project, carried out in the 1980s, documented the experiences of people living in the Moss Side area of Manchester from the 1940s onwards. The interviews cover all aspects of life, from employment and education to community life and activism. These interviews cannot be found anywhere else.
Shelf ref: MAN/HI.3/NOB

Oral history
Yemeni Roots, Salford Lives: A community in Eccles - interview summaries, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust
2012, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust: Manchester
>> These summaries of interviews carried out with the Yemeni community in Eccles cover topics such as community, education, food, identity, jobs, journeys, religion and racism. Audio versions of the full interviews available on request.
Shelf ref: MAN/HI.3/AHM

Archive collection
Manchester Local Studies collection
1950 – 2000
>> A growing collection of documents, publications and other ephemera telling the story of the BME community in Manchester since 1950, kept in our archive for preservation purposes.
Shelf ref: Archive 250/3/9

Oral history
50th Anniversary Pan African Congress interviews, Robin Grinter and Pat Flood
1995, Manchester
>> Transcripts of interviews carried out to mark the 50th anniversary of the Manchester 1945 Pan African Congress.The interviews are with those who were living in Manchester in 1945 and those who attended the Congress. We also have a box of archive items relating to the Congress and the anniversary.
Shelf ref: MAN/HI.1/PAN

Book
Never Counted Out: The story of Len Johnson, Manchester’s Black boxing hero and communist, Michael Herbert
1992, Dropped Aitches Press: Manchester
>> Len Johnson was one of the finest middleweight boxers of his day, but was barred from fighting for British titles because he was Black. In the 1940s and 1950s he was an active member of the Communist Party in Manchester, fighting against racism and discrimination.
Shelf ref: MAN/HI.3/HER

Archive collection
Moss Side 1981 Riots Material
1981
>> A small collection of newspaper articles and first-hand accounts by community leaders and other local people who were involved in / affected by the 1981 riots.
Shelf ref: Archive (available from 2015)