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 […]

From BCA with Love

Today we mark another St. Valentine’s Day. Although it may be grey and cold outside, your heart can be warmed with these loved-up musical treats. For fans of the new BBC 2 drama ‘Dancing on the Edge‘, here is a song sheet from Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson’s Have I told you lately that I Love you? […]

A visit from Stephen Bourne

A couple of months ago, the author and friend of Black Cultural Archives, Stephen Bourne popped in to the office to donate his new book ‘ The Motherland Calls‘ to our library. This is the second of Stephen’s books to look at the work of Black service personnel in the RAF during World War II […]

Lambeth's Other Black History at Lambeth College

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Lambeth’s Other Black History at Lambeth College

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Elisabeth Welch's English Heritage Blue Plaque Unveiled

The singer Elisabeth Welch (1904-2003) has been commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at Ovington Court, Kensington, her home during the mid-1930s, the time that she started her rise to becoming – in the words of her biographer – “Britain’s first Black star”. The plaque unveiling was introduced by BCA’s Director, Paul Reid, with […]

Elisabeth Welch’s English Heritage Blue Plaque Unveiled

The singer Elisabeth Welch (1904-2003) has been commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at Ovington Court, Kensington, her home during the mid-1930s, the time that she started her rise to becoming – in the words of her biographer – “Britain’s first Black star”. The plaque unveiling was introduced by BCA’s Director, Paul Reid, with […]

William Cuffay and Kennington Common

On 10th April 1848 the largest crowd that had ever yet gathered for a demonstration assembled on Kennington Common (now Kennington Park). An estimated 250,000 people were readying themselves to march to Westminster and deliver a petition bearing over 3 million signatures to Parliament. The body even more alarmed at the thousands of soldiers, policemen […]

William Davidson – Cato Street Conspiracy

On 5th November many families will be enjoying firework displays and lighting bonfires in memory of Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in Davidson[/caption] Born in 1781, William Davidson was the son of the Jamaican Attorney General and an hopewell pharmacy enslaved Black woman. At the age of 14 he […]

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