Director’s Letter- May and June

It has been another busy few months at Black Cultural Archives in more ways than one! On the 25th April, Kimberly Keith, one of our trustees, and I had the fortune to catch-up with Lonnie Bunch, founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC),  whilst he was in the UK. It […]

Sunshine Day – Dedication For The New Black Heritage Centre

On Saturday 8 June 2013 the sun shone on the site dedication to celebrate the redevelopment of Raleigh Hall, a Grade II listed building in the heart of Brixton, which will become the UK’s first national Black heritage centre and our home in 2014. In front of an enthusiastic and buoyant audience of over 250 […]

May-June Update: Progress with the national Black heritage centre

The construction works are moving forward rapidly and in accordance with the programme. The walls of the new building starts to take shape. For a real time view of the the building taking shape, have a look at the time lapse camera onsite.

Thank-you to Vivek Malhotra

We, at Black Cultural Archives, say a fond farewell to Vivek Malhotra at the project to create our the future. Dawn Hill, Chair, Black Cultural Archives

Black Heritage Centre – March update

After two months work to the main building, only the façades remain at the back and front, along with the turreted areas. Rapid progress is being made with the annex building, where the foundations are now in place. The annex (the exhibition and archive space) will be first up and then be subject to a […]

Black heritage centre- February update

It has been almost a month since work began and construction works are moving at a rapid pace at the new Black heritage centre. In the coming months, we are that it brings us closer to our long awaited return to Brixton.  

Builders back on site at the Black Heritage Centre

The snow arrived in Brixton and so did the new builders. We were really pleased to see the new contractors on site. At the end of 2012 we reported that we had made great progress in procuring a new contractor, and we are pleased to announce that in late December Rooff  Ltd were appointed as our new contractors. Preparatory […]

History of Raleigh Hall

Built in 1823, as a pair of houses, Raleigh Hall has witnessed the rise and fall and rise of Brixton. During it’s almost However, in 2009 the future of Raleigh Hall was changed when it was announced that it would become the home of the Black Cultural Archives. As the only heritage centre dedicated to […]

Black Heritage Centre Update

In April 2012 we announced with great sadness that the contractor (Kilby and Gayford) we had appointed to convert Raleigh Hall on Windrush Square into the UK’s first Black heritage centre went into administration. Upon hearing the news BCA’s staff, trustees and numerous stakeholders have worked tirelessly to secure a replacement contractor, and it is hoped […]

A National Institution – Raleigh Hall Developments

BCA is looking forward to 2012 with great anticipation as the building work to Raleigh Hall, in central Brixton, finally gets underway. This development marks the culmination of many years of strenuous effort and struggle by BCA and its partners to realise the vision of establishing a national institution for Black heritage in Brixton, with an archive […]