Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking to Zara Hakobyan, who initiated and managed the recent exhibition at Central Library: Aratta: Armenian Heritage in the North West.
The first Armenians who settled in Manchester in 1835 were silk merchants. And by 1862, it is estimated there were 30 Armenian businesses in the city. The Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, on Manchester’s Upper Brook Street, was consecrated in 1870 and is the oldest Armenian church in the UK. Aratta, which was on at Manchester’s Central Library until 16th June, takes a look at the lives of some of the Armenian diaspora who have been making the region their home since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen people, aged from 22-66, have recorded oral histories, interviews where they talk unguardedly about their lives, experiences, family stories and memories. Portraits were taken at locations chosen by the interviewees, by photographers Robert Binder and Darren Bullock.
The project was initiated and managed by Zara Hakobyan – an Armenian researcher living in the north west – and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Now that the exhibition is over, the recordings will continue to be available on an Aratta website, and will be preserved in the archives of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre at Manchester’s Central Library.
I’ll be talking to Zara about the Aratta research and exhibition on this week’s show. And, of course, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.
Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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