Tracing Your African Caribbean Roots Workshop with Adrian Stone

Tracing Your African Caribbean Roots Workshop with Adrian Stone Saturday 25 November 2.00pm-5.00pm £10 Book online This unique workshop led by Adrian Stone will offer you the opportunity to search your own family tree, learn about the tools you can access and gain first-hand tips from the expert. Adrian is an experienced genealogist who has […]

#BlackSound Pop Up Record shop with Ninja Tune and Brownswood Recordings

Ninja Tune and Brownswood Recordings Pop Up Record Shop will run this summer as part of the Black Sound exhibition season. Rummage through a  selection of hand-picked 7” and 12” vinyls, CDs, LPs and Double Vinyls on sale. The Black Sound exhibition tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority […]

A Charlie Phillips Take Over

A Charlie Phillips Take Over will take place on Saturday 17 June, 12.00pm-6.00pm. For one-day only, to celebrate the launch of the Charlie Phillips Roots Archive, Charlie Philips is the guest curator at Black Cultural Archives. Join Charlie Phillips and friends for a day of talks, films, and music. You are invited to bring along your […]

Jazz – The Bedrock of Black British Sound

Dancers at Club Eleven, Carnaby Street (1950) Black Cultural Archives’ current exhibition Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of Black British music. The exhibition marks the onset of modern Black music in Britain with the arrival of the Southern Syncopated Orchestra in 1919. The Southern Syncopated Orchestra came to London from America and made an […]

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 […]

Black Sound

A new exhibition tracing Black British music’s journey of creative independence. Opens 7 April until 4 November 2017. Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it […]

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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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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.