This is the concluding part of our mini series with Andy. Andy talks about the great West Indian cricket player and personality, Learie Constantine, who played a lot of cricket in Lancashire for Nelson CC. We also spoke about Yorkshire’s racism scandal and its historic roots, before Andy finished on how cricket as been a social force for good in communities. Listen below or on Spotify here. We hope that you have enjoyed! Purchase Andy’s book here.
Founded in 1960s Moss Side, at a time when a colour bar still existed, the Reno was an inclusive space that anyone could enjoy. This included Muhammad Ali, who visited it in 1971! Phil Magbotiwan, the Reno’s founder, had a fascinating life including, among many other things, meeting and forming a connection with Muhammad Ali. The Reno, and stories such as Phil’s, are a vital part of Manchester’s history. It was a pleasure to speak with Phil’s daughter, Lisa Ayegun. We spoke about how Phil came to found the Reno, racism, and Lisa’s memories of the club. Phil’s connection to Muhammad Ali was also brought out beautifully by Lisa. We hope that you enjoy! Be sure to check out some of Lisa’s great photos of Phil, and the Reno below. Listen below or on spotify here.
Welcome back to our Early Black and Asian Cricketers in Britain mini series. In this penultimate part, Andy takes us through the fascinating life of Ranjitsinhji. Ranjitsinhji came from a royal family in India, was one of England’s greats and after he retired got involved in Indian politics. Stay tuned for part 3 on Learie Constantine! Listen on Spotify here.
Most people know that Black and Asian cricketers have been a part of Britain for decades. This includes the great international players who played county cricket, as well as stars of the England team. However, this history is actually much older. In this great three part series I speak with Andy about his book, Beyond the Pale: Early Black and Asian Cricketers in Britain 1868-1945. In the first part we spoke on Andy’s introduction to cricket, the context of class, race and empire within which cricket sat in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and also the Aboriginals tour of 1868. Listen below or on spotify here.
In November 2022 we welcomed, playwright and researcher, Pamela Roberts to screen the fabulous play, An Evening with Mrs Terrell and Friends which has been supported by the British American Studies Association, Eccles Centre for American Studies and Manchester Metropolitan University. As well as the screening, there was a Q&A, monologue from an actor, George Ukachukwu, and some great workshops for the school students who attended the entire day. Manchester Metropolitan University student ambassadors, with a range of skills captured content from the day, and put together this fabulous podcast episode. Many thanks to Pamela, George, the schools who attended, the student ambassadors, and of course Dr Marie Molloy who organised the day. You can listen below or on Spotify. Enjoy the episode!
Muhammad Ali made several visits to Manchester from the 1960s all the way to 2009 when he came to Ricky Hatton’s gym. In what I hope will be the first of several episodes on Muhammad Ali’s visits, I speak to Paul Bhatti. Listen to Paul’s story below, and check out the wonderful videos and pictures that he has captured, on this page. You can also listen on spotify here.
Paul met Muhammad in 1992 at the Sherratt and Hughes bookstore in Manchester. He captured this amazing and unique video footage from the bookshop.
Having moved to Michigan in the U.S. Paul’s connections to Muhammad came full circle when he was able to say farewell to the Champ at his funeral in Louisville, Kentucky. This time on his phone, rather than the chunky video recorder from 1992, Paul captured some great footage.
Hope you enjoy the episode, and this collection of footage, pictures and memories. Rest easy up there Champ.
It was a pleasure to record with one of our listeners this week, Zhao Zhao who works on public history at Renmin University, Beijing. We spoke about podcasting and public history in China, as well as having a more critical discussion on the nature of podcasting and public history. Enjoy!
What is oral history, and why is it useful? How can it be used to study punk, and the Northern Ireland “Troubles”? Dr Lucy Newby, and Dr Fearghus Roulston discuss the nature of oral history, and how they have used it in their own work.
The creative digital studio, Visioning Lab, recently launched a Kickstarter for the ‘Strong Women of Victorian Manchester’ digital storytelling project. We spoke with creative producer, and story teller, Ellie Andrews, about the project, which hopes to develop a video game and more!
Learn more about the project, and donate to the Kickstarter here.
We look into the future of public history with a discussion on extended reality. MA researcher Suzie Cloves, talks about her extended reality project on Platt Fields Park. Listen below or on spotify here.