Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

by YPU Admin on June 6, 2014. Tags: race, Research, and resource centre

Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, Manchester Central Library

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, part of the University of Manchester, is an open-access resource centre housing around 10,000 books and other materials, all on the themes of race, ethnicity and how they intersect with other areas of our lives. In March 2014, the Centre relocated to Central Library, which reopened after a 4 year, £48m refurbishment.

The Centre was the brainchild of Emeritus Professor Lou Kushnick OBE, a sociology and American studies lecturer for over 40 years at the University, who wanted his personal collection of books and other materials to remain as a discrete collection, and to be accessible to all. The Centre opened in 1999, and was named after Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, a teenager who was murdered in a racist playground attack in Manchester in 1986. Ahmed’s murder and the following inquiry led to changes in the ways that racist incidents were reported and dealt with in schools nationwide.

As well as a wide range of books examining the intersection of race and ethnicity with politics, culture, health, housing and many more , we also are home to a range of multicultural children’s books, and a number of special collections, containing primary and secondary source materials, oral histories, archival materials such as leaflets, pamphlets and photographs that make the centre one of the UK’s leading collections on race.

As a small library within a much larger one, we are able to offer the best of both worlds – the range of resources and space that a large library can offer, combined with the expertise and customer service that only a small library can offer.

We’d love for you to come and visit us, and students studying history, government and politics, sociology, and other humanities subjects will find our resources particularly useful for coursework and revision. You can find us on the lower ground floor of Central Library (called City Library) in St Peter’s Square, and you can find out more about us at our website, (including searching our catalogue of materials) here http://www.racearchive.manchester.ac.uk/ and here’s a little video made by University of Manchester students about us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO1ocKTIOm0

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