It was great to read today of the opening of the Black Cultural Archive in Brixton, London. After 30 years of campaigning and planning, this wonderful facility celebrating the British black cultural heritage is now providing exhibition and research facilities. The heritage centre is located on Windrush Square, in the heart of Brixton in Raleigh Hall, a Grade II listed Georgian building in central Brixton.
The £7-million project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the London Borough of Lambeth, the Mayor of London and the Biffa Award, retains aspects of the building’s original historic features, in addition to a newly designed annexe to create a purpose-built archive and centre accessible to the public. The first exhibition, “Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain”, traces the lives of black women in Britain from Roman times on. I was delighted to see that it includes a photograph of Adelaide Hall, one of the “forgotten black divas” I am researching at the moment!
Do go and see this new facility and exhibit. The exhibition runs from 24 July – 30 November 2014 and it is FREE admission! Visit the BCA site by clicking here.