Today the East London Mosque Archives launched an initiative, to rescue Muslim records from organisations that are at risk of losing valuable records of unique women’s activism in diaspora communities.

It is one of 25 projects in the UK selected by The National Archives, to secure physical and born-digital records that are at risk of being dispersed or lost. With funding from the HM Treasury, it comes at a time when many organisations are struggling to deal with issues related to their collections which have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sufia Alam, Manager of the Maryam Centre at the East London Mosque and responsible for its archive collections, said:

This is so exciting for East London Mosque Archives service, which hosts important collections covering over 110 years of history in a purpose-built strong room. In addition to the records of the East London Mosque itself, our collection has been growing with other deposits and acquisitions. It is of the utmost importance that Muslim historical records are preserved, as they show how British Muslims have enriched this country and society. The case is even more so for records on Muslim women, whose stories are often marginalised and forgotten.

For further information on the East London Mosque Archives contact [email protected]


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