COVID-19 Collecting: #AllStoriesAreImportant

The SSLH is delighted to support – through a grant – an important project currently underway at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre & Education Trust, Manchester, UK.

The Centre is seeking to record the voices and stories of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people during the COVID-19 pandemic, who have been found to be disproportionately impacted by the disease. They are actively seeking donations of digitised documents or artwork, photographed objects, sound and visual recordings to add to a bespoke collection.

As stated on the AIU RACE Centre website, the goal of the COVID-19 Collecting project is ‘to make Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) history, heritage and culture more visible. Historical accounts from BAME communities using their own words are not equally represented in the public record, and are at risk of loss. We therefore work to collect these stories, documents, records and materials.

‘The COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on BAME communities. To ensure this is captured for future researchers, educators and commentators and that our collective national history represents all our communities, we are launching a campaign to collect stories from Greater Manchester’s BAME communities.

‘We won’t shy away from the difficult and uncomfortable stories the pandemic has exposed. We will collect records, stories and articles that demonstrate how racism – structural, institutional and interpersonal – still exists today but is being erased by our national story being largely told by the privileged few. We will take an intersectional approach, seeking to collect the stories of everyone within our BAME communities.’

For more information, visit the COVID-19 Collecting website.