Representing Black History

On Thursday 15 December 2016, Black Cultural Archives invited leading historians to a round table to discuss how to shift narratives in Black British history from the margins to the mainstream. Following the BBC Two series ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’, we will reflect on some of the significant moments presented, exploring the journey […]

Representing Black History

On Thursday 15 December 2016, Black Cultural Archives invited leading historians to a round table to discuss how to shift narratives in Black British history from the margins to the mainstream. Following the BBC Two series ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’, we will reflect on some of the significant moments presented, exploring the journey […]

Is Britain ready for a Black Prime Minister?

Is Britain ready for a Black Prime Minister? Friday 18 November, 7.00pm-9.00pm The election of Barack Obama as President of the Unites States of America marked the beginning of nation and world-wide celebrations as many rejoiced in witnessing the election of America’s first Black President.  More than any other election, Obama’s ascendency to office was […]

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 […]

Boiler Room and Black Cultural Archives present #BRxBLM

Monday 15 August, 12.00pm – 1.30pm. Live broadcast: blrrm.tv/blm-uk In the wake of the fifth anniversary of the infamous on @boilerroomtv @bcaheritage #BRxBLM Line up includes: Novelist, Big Narstie, Sian Anderson, Darcus Howe, Cecile Emeke, Ayishat Akanbi + more. Follow Boiler Room: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boilerroom.tv/ Instagram: @boilerroomtv Follow Black Cultural Archives: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcaheritage Instagram: @bcaheritage

Staying Power Unseen: African Photographers’ Narratives Shared

Thursday 16 July, 7.00pm – 10.00pm During this unparalleled and intimate gathering of British-based photographers from the African Diaspora, listen as they share and discuss their experiences, skills, and knowledge of photographic genres, techniques, and the all-important capturing of a unique and authentic narrative. During this lively session view rare photographs within their private collections, […]

Artist in the Archive with Shabaka on Friday 19 June, 6pm

Summer starts at Black Cultural Archives with the launch of Artist in the Archive bringing the archive to life like never before. Saxophonist/Composer Shabaka Hutchings will perform a set inspired by the ‘Grounation’ album, originally recorded by Mystic Revelation of Rastafari. He will be joined by Rebel MC (Congo Natty), drummers from MOBO award-winning jazz […]

Windrush Square Opening Celebration

#BACK TO BRIXTON Black Cultural Archives has moved back to Brixton. Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated the opening of our brand new heritage centre and permanent home in the heart of Brixton. The opening of the Black Cultural Archives saw one of the biggest audience in the history of Windrush Square with […]