On the anniversary of WW1, Historic England are mapping 100 years of BAME heritage

In 2018 it will be 100 years since the end of WW1. Thousands of Black and Asian soldiers from across the British Empire fought in the war and were stationed here: prompting waves of migration that greatly influenced England’s culture, industry and economy.

That’s why, as part of their campaign Another England, Historic England is inviting residents to help tell the story of Manchester’s Black and Asian heritage over the last 100 years. Visitors to the website are invited to share the places and buildings in Manchester that are important to them by ‘pinning’ them on an interactive map of the city with accompanying photos: from places of worship to parks, cafes or even someone’s home.

Want to find out more? On Saturday 26 May, 11am – 4pm, they’ll be hosting a free drop-in at Manchester Central Library; promising music, art, discussions and the chance to do just that.  

2018 05 22 Afzal Khan Mp At Noor Mosque In Levenshulme
Local MP and Shadow Immigration Minister, Afzal Khan CBE, recently joined the Dawoodi Bohras in a communal meal at Noor Mosque in Levenshulme, along with fellow councillors and clergymen from neighbouring churches

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive at Historic England, said: “Through this project we want to raise awareness of England’s Black and Asian heritage. There’s a gap in the nation’s knowledge of this part of the past and we want to help fill it. We’re asking for people to share their pictures, places and the stories behind them to help build a fuller picture of England’s Black and Asian history. 

“Ten decades is a long time and we’re keen to find out why people came to Manchester to put down new roots or build on existing ones, and to record the places in which they lived, worked and socialised. We also want to hear about more recent experiences of Black and Asian people - such as those who were born and grew up in the city". 

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