#BCAis3 Anniversary and summer celebration

  Join us to celebrate 3 years on the historic Windrush Square. Come and join the celebration as we welcome local talent and performers from across the diaspora. This will be a day of cultural heritage and enjoyment. From live performances, fresh refreshments, the best in local art, craft and clothing stalls, books, children’s activities, […]

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Unveiling the first memorial for African and Caribbean soliders

The African and Caribbean War Memorial is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, to specifically honour Commonwealth soldiers from Africa and the Caribbean who fought alongside British troops and their Allies in World War I and World War II.  The Memorial made up of two obelisks in Scottish Whin Stone erected on […]

History Matters! Young Historians Project

A Project Encouraging the Development of Young Historians of African and Caribbean Heritage wins National Lottery support. The Young Historians Project (YHP), has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £19,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Formed by young people working with the History Matters initiative, the project hopes to encourage the development of young […]

A Tribute to Our Father – Carl Kirton

A Man and His Music – Collector and Historian In 2014, Black Cultural Archives received a donation of material that had been owned by Carl Kirton. Carl Kirton was a Guyanese music and recording enthusiast who came to Britain in 1960. With his own home recording studio, he developed a personal collection over many years, […]

Jazz Workshops

A series of jazz workshops for all ages led by Gary Crosby OBE and Tomorrow’s Warriors.  Jazzy Beatz Tuesday 30 May – Friday 2 June, 2.00pm-5.00pm Are you a young aspiring vocalist, rapper, beatboxer, producer, or instrumentalist? Would you like to celebrate the heritage of Black music in the UK, whilst collaborating with some of the […]

Remembering Darcus Howe

On Saturday 1 April 2017, Black rights and leading anti-racist activist, Darcus Howe (1943-2017) passed away. Following the sad event, Black Cultural Archives invited the community to pay tribute to the formidable Darcus Howe and his lifelong commitment to fight social and racial injustice and inequality. Hundreds gathered together in BCA’s Courtyard and spilling out onto […]

Guerrilla in Pictures – A new photography exhibition at Black Cultural Archives

Image credit: Photograph by Neil Kenlock and Guerrilla image still courtesy of Sky Atlantic From 7 to 15 April 2017 To celebrate the upcoming launch of the new Sky Original Production Guerrilla on 13 April, Sky and photographer Neil Kenlock have joined forces to create ‘Guerrilla in Pictures’ – a photography exhibition housed at Black Cultural Archives. ‘Guerrilla […]

The Ooni of Ife visit to Black Cultural Archives

The occasion of His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì’s visit to Black Cultural Archives (BCA) on Monday 20th March 2017 will be remembered as one of the most magnificent days in the life of the organisation. First sight of HIM approaching the building, accompanied by Yoruba Kings and dignitaries was breathtaking. Talking drum musicians […]

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Black Cultural Archives

(LR: The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with Doreen Foster, Deputy Director Black Cultural Archives. Photos by Sharon Wallace.) On Thursday 16th February 2017, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Black Cultural Archives. The Royal Highnesses were met by Ken Olisa, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, who presented a Guard of Honour comprised of army […]

Books at BCA

Visit the BCA Shop for the best selection of books on Black heritage and culture. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm. We are located on Windrush Square, Brixton. Our pick this December include: Black and British: A Forgotten History Award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga’s Black and British new book is a rich and revealing exploration of the […]