Understanding Our Family Ties: How Families Are Made? How Families Are Broken?

Understanding Our Family Ties: How Families Are Made? How Families Are Broken? Thursday 7 December, 6.30pm-9.00pm £5 Book online What would life be like if Aunty didn’t tell you the family gossip? Or, if Grandma never passed on the secret ingredient to the family dish? Imagine if we didn’t have legends and folktales or traditions […]

Family Ties – The Adamah Papers: Finding My Family Ties

Family Ties – The Adamah Papers: Finding My Family Ties Friday 17 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm £5, £7 Book online As the Family Ties exhibition opens to the public, curator Natalie Fiawoo gives us some insight into her journey to curating the new exhibition. Come and learn what life was like during 1885 to the1950s in Ghana […]

BCA Commemorates: Andrew Oxolando Smith

BCA Commemorates: Andrew Oxolando Smith Saturday 16 September, 1.00pm-5.00pm Free, booking is essential Book online In 2015, Black Cultural Archives were donated a fascinating archive collection by the Smith family, after the sudden passing of Andrew Oxolando Efuntola Smith. The collection includes an impressive selection of visual and audio material of Black art performances and […]

In remembrance of Olive Morris: #OliveMorrisDay

On Monday 26 June, we will remember the legacy of Olive Morris celebrating her birthday and her life’s work to advocate for social equality. Join us on Twitter @bcaheritage for a special #OliveMorrisDay Twitter Hour between 7pm and 8pm. Find out more about the life of Olive Morris and her tenacity, boldness, and dedication to campaigning against […]

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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 […]

Instrumental Sounds of Jazz: A Tribute to Carl Kirton

A Tribute to Carl Kirton Friday 19 May, 6.30pm-9.00pm   Enjoy a night of interactive talks and performances that celebrate the contribution jazz has made to the evolution of Black British music. Jazz is renowned for its great level of musicianship and its influence can be found in blends of calypso, funk, and soul. Yet, […]

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, […]

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 […]

Community Archive Heritage Workshops

  Digital Preservation Saturday 11 March, 10.30am-12.00pm Are you not sure how to look after digitally created images and videos? Are you unclear how to digitally preserve material?  If you answered yes to either of these questions then this is the workshop for you.  Come along and learn from our Collections staff about what you […]