Lambeth Heritage Festival tours

  Before Black Cultural Archives(BCA) relocates to new premises next year, you are invited to take a final look behind the scenes at the Othello Close site. There will be an opportunity to see some of the diverse collections held within BCA as well as a chance to discuss the facilities and services of the […]

Preserving the Legacy of Rastafari: Archive Call-Out and Archive Workshop

Preserving the Legacy of Rastafari: Archive Call-Out We are calling for donations of Rastafari archive material as part of the legacy of the Rastafari in Motion, an exhibition co-curated in partnership with Rastafari Regal Livity (RRL). The exhibition looks at the rarely told story of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the emergence of the Rastafari […]

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Africa on the Square

Africa on the Square Saturday 15 October, 12.00pm – 6.00pm Africa on the Square returns to Trafalgar Square to celebrate African arts and culture. Black Cultural Archives’ stand will be a centre point on Trafalgar Square and is organised by the Mayor of London for Black History Month 2016. For more information visit:

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New donation

Slave Babies: In 1995, the Blue Mountain Theatre launched a play entitled Slave Babies which provoked widespread anger and outrage, in response to the offensive publicity material and outrageous content of the play. Community organisations and it then please ring 0203 757 8510/8511 or email        

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Proud winners the National Diversity Award for Community Organisation for Race, Faith and Religion 2016.

World War II. Most recently, this national institution worked in collaboration with the Rastafari community to boldly present Rastafari in Motion, the first full feature exhibition to tell the rarely told story of the presence of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the emergence of the Rastafari movement in Britain.   Miranda Brawn, Barrister and Vice […]

Being Human Festival events

Black Cultural Archives Collections team recently collaborated with National Archives as part of the Being Human Festival. This annual event aims to celebrate all humanities research and resources across Britain, throughout November. Having delved into our archive collection, we decided to focus on the array of material that was held in both collections, surrounding the […]

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Donations Jan-Mar 2015

  Ingrid Pollard’s photography work [20th century] Catalogued 770.92 POL Ormonde: Windrush’s forgotten forerunners book by Hannah Lowe [2014] Catalogued 941 LOW

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Rights of Passage: A Century of People Power

‘…to know the future we must know the past and present…’ Walter Rodney A new archive display that delves into the collection to reveal the narratives of resistance and change from 1900 to post-Brexit Britain. Rights of Passage will trace the agents of change and political voices to reveal how current conversations reverberates with societal conversations of […]

Resistance or Defence? Legacies of the 1985 uprisings

Resistance or Defence? Legacies of the 1985 uprisings Saturday 8 October, 6.30pm – 9.00pm More than 30 years on, the issues around police brutality which sparked the 1985 uprisings in Brixton, Tottenham, Toxteth, and Peckham continue to remain a focal point of public discussion. The rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement has meant that there is […]

Rudi Patterson: Ceramics and Paintings

Born in 1933, St. Thomas Jamaica, Rudi Patterson a self-taught artist and professionally trained actor came to London in the early 1960s. Patterson began painting in 1969 and created around 1,000 paintings as well as hundreds of ceramic pieces, delicately glazed pots, sculptures, and platters. His work drew on influences from Sonia Delaunay Ukrainian born […]