A Tribute to Alton Ellis: The Godfather of Rocksteady and Reggae

Join us for a two-day tribute to Alton Ellis. Together we celebrate his musical legacy. A Tribute to Alton Ellis: The Godfather – Rocksteady and Reggae Pioneer Friday 1 September, 6.00pm-10.00pm Free, booking is essential Book online Friday 1st of September 2017 would have marked Alton Ellis’ 79th birthday. To commemorate this date, we are […]

BCA teamed up with Bloomsbury Books for a special Q&A and blog with Reni Eddo-Lodge
 author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

© Amaal Said We teamed up with Bloomsbury Books for special blog and Q&A with the formidable Reni Eddo-Lodge on her recent publication ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race’… Reni’s book is available in the BCA gift shop and also enjoy an exclusive 30% discount for BCA followers. Order from www.bloomsbury.com and quote RENI […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vice-Chair Miranda Brawn steps up to become Patron of Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives’ Vice-Chair Miranda Brawn steps up to become a Patron of the UK’s Black heritage centre. Miranda Brawn is currently Vice-Chair on the Board of Black Cultural Archives and will continue to support the sustainability of the national organisation. Miranda will join the other Patrons of the Black Cultural Archives namely Dame Jocelyn […]

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 […]

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 […]