Manchester Chinese Archive wins National Volunteering Award

Manchester Chinese Archive has won the National Archive VolunteeringProject Award for 2011

volunteerswebAt an award ceremony in Manchester on 24 August, the volunteers who gave their time, enthusiasm and skills were praised for their outstanding commitment and dedication.

Local MP Tony Lloyd, Councillor Mike Amesbury (Culture and Leisure), Heritage Lottery Fund representatives and ARA Council members all praised the project. BBC Manchester radio’s top talk show spoke live to a volunteer and Chinese TV will share the project with millions of viewers.

The Manchester Chinese Archive project aimed to tell the story of the Chinese community in Greater Manchester. A diverse group of volunteers conducted over 55 oral history interviews and undertook their own research. They photographed and filmed community events and catalogued photographs and documents which were donated or loaned by the community. An exhibition was developed, as well as a website and digital photograph archive, a publication and a series of learning events. At the end of the project in May 2011 the Manchester Chinese Archive was deposited with Manchester Archive and Local Studies (MALS), from where volunteers continue to work on the archive.

The Project was the unanimous choice of the judges, who particularly praised the sustainability of both the partnerships that had been forged and the ongoing work on the archive in its new home. The project was ‘coherent’ and ‘genuinely innovative’ and its impact was ‘clearly demonstrated’.  

The Manchester Chinese Archive, which was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, was made possible by the close collaboration of Manchester Chinese Centre, Manchester Archives and Local Studies (MALS) and MOSI (the Museum of Science and Industry).
The National Archive Volunteering Project Award is led by the ARA in partnership with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Scottish Council on Archives, the National Archives and the Welsh Government.

Manchester Chinese Archive press release

Read the summary document of Volunteering awards 2011.

Submission date for the 2012 awards will be in June 2012.

To read the Manchester Chinese Archive award bid - and the bids of other entrants to the 2011 awards, please go to Volunteering pages.