Public archives, Representation and Integration in Post-War, Multicultural Urban Contexts: Birmingham and Manchester
This research explores the extent to which respectively located public archives represent diverse ethnic groups in the multicultural urban centres of Birmingham and Manchester; subsequently considering the implications of representation/under-representation for community groups, leading to discussion around issues of inclusion/exclusion and social integration.
In order to do this, this research will survey archive collections; consider institutional and professional practices and policies; explore the history of engagement and participation within the context of each of the local public archives and its constituency; and survey heritage and cultural projects designed to increase representation, capacity and engagement.
Further, this research will consider personal and collective feelings/perceptions around identity/sense of place and belonging; history of migration and social and demographic change; and frame this within a broad post-war history and evolution of the two respective cities of Birmingham and Manchester.
- Cultural Participation and Engagement
- Urban History, History of Migration and Social Change
- Social, Cultural and Ethnic Diversity; Multiculturalism
- Heritage ( including Oral History and Archives )
- Social and Cultural Anthropology
Professor Ian Grosvenor and Dr Kevin Myers
Part Self-Funded; Part School of Education
Membership of Research and Professional Organisations
Member of Oral History Society; Group for Education in Museums
'From Bangladesh to Smethwick’ 2008 Smethwick Bangladeshi Youth Forum (SBYF)
Any other information
Editorial Board of History West Midlands Journal