World Book Day

A highlight from the Black Cultural Archives collection for World Book Day is one of our earliest books “Reflections upon the constitution and management of the trade to Africa: through the whole course and progress into notice by writing against the court’.  

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BFI BLACK STAR and #BCAFilmFest present Unpacking Shoot the Messenger

BFI BLACK STAR and #BCAFilmFest present Unpacking Shoot the Messenger Thursday 8 December, 7.00pm – 10.00pm Join us at BCA and BFI as we spotlight the culture of Black stardom, exploring screen highlights from the BFI BLACK STAR season and celebrating the trailblazers of Black film and television. #BCAFilmFest unpacks and examines the themes of identity […]

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Portraiture and the portrayal of Africans in Art

Black Cultural Archives have collaborated with Dulwich Picture Gallery for the Staying Power – InSight series, which looks at the representation of Black people in art, from classical European art of the 18th century to vibrant 20th century photojournalism, and finally draws on the views of contemporary Black artists. Inspired by our current exhibition Staying […]

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Rudi Patterson’s Visions in Colour

“I’m inspired by natural harmony and beauty, I love to paint.” Essay by Wesley Kerr Rudi was a painter, potter, actor – born in Duckenfield Jamaica in 1933 and died in Notting Hill in 2013 – who for over four decades was a prodigious and successful artist. In life he had over 40 exhibitions (on […]

NEW EXHIBITION: Black is the New Black

  Due to unforeseen circumstances Black is the New Black is no longer taking place at Black Cultural Archives. Black is the New Black is a powerful and poignant exhibition highlighting the substantial accomplishments of exceptional Black Britons. Succeeding the ground-breaking BBC2 documentary series ‘Black is the New Black’ aired in November 2016, artist Simon Frederick and […]

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NEW EXHIBITION: Black is the New Black

  Due to unforeseen circumstances Black is the New Black is no longer taking place at Black Cultural Archives. Black is the New Black is a powerful and poignant exhibition highlighting the substantial accomplishments of exceptional Black Britons. Succeeding the ground-breaking BBC2 documentary series ‘Black is the New Black’ aired in November 2016, artist Simon Frederick and […]

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Black History Month Everyday of the Year

#BlackHistoryMonth365 Share your photos celebrating Black British History. As the UK’s first national heritage centre dedicated to Black British history and culture, Black History Month is celebrated all year-round. This year we have been out and about delivering talks and workshops, travelling with our Black British History timeline, and capturing your support! Check out our […]

The Digital Archive Box

Britain and includes the ground-breaking relationship between a former slave and the author of the most famous dictionary in the English language, Dr Samuel Johnson. (A BBC / Black Cultural Archives collaboration). View Black and British: A Forgotten History.

BBC Black and British Season

  BBC’s Black and British season celebrates the achievements of Black people in the UK, exploring the rich culture and history of Black Britain. In partnership with BBC, we are launching an exciting programme of activities responding to the season. Running throughout November 2016 and led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC television, radio […]

We Will Remember: Paying Homage to Black Servicemen in WW1

century. These communities contributions and histories are important for ALL nations to understand a fuller picture of actual historical events. Contributions from Man power, Women Power, Children Power, Resources, Monies, Food, Raw Materials, Skilled Labourers, Skilled Practitioners, Agriculturalist and so much more has been documented that we are aiming to bring to light. Whether you […]