Stephen Bourne talks about his inspirations and Black British history

Community historian and author Stephen Bourne talks about his personal journey and what inspired his interest in Black British history. Stephen is a long-standing supporter of (2005), Mother Country: Britain’s Black Community on the Home Front 1939-45 (The History Press, 2010) and The Motherland Calls: Britain’s Black Servicemen and Women 1939-45 (The History Press, 2012). […]

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 […]

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 […]