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Black Cultural Archives

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Black Cultural Archives is a national institution dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of diverse people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.

Using our unique collection, we will promote the teaching, learning and understanding of the African peoples? contribution, which will enable the public to learn and connect with hidden histories, creating an experience to uplift and inspire. This will be achieved through our exhibitions, public programmes and events. Our growing collection of original archives will constitute a permanent record of the richness of the Black experience in Britain and be accessible to all.

Black Cultural Archives is a welcoming space for everyone to learn, explore and become inspired by Black British heritage and history.

Our programme of exhibitions and events will provide a platform from which to share the diversity of cultures originating from Africa and the Caribbean, past and present
using our unique collection, we will promote the teaching, learning and understanding of the African peoples’ contribution, which will enable people to learn and connect with hidden histories, creating an experience to uplift and inspire

Our growing collection of original archives will constitute a permanent record of the richness of the Black experience in Britain and be accessible to all

The heritage centre is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm. We are currently closed on Mondays and Sundays. We have a Café open from 10am – 5pm that  offers a range of freshly made sandwiches, hot lunchtime meals, delicious cakes and refreshments. Free WiFi is available. Our shop has a range of inspired gifts, postcards, notebooks and beautiful handcrafted items. We also stock a specialist range of books themed on African and Caribbean heritage.

We offer a number of learning opportunities, such as heritage centre tours, school group sessions and workshops for communities and higher education groups.  We also have a variety of public programme events.

You can use our reading room to conduct research. This is where you can view materials from our archive store and browse the reference library. The reading room is open Wednesday-Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm and every second Thursday of the month, 1.00pm-7.00pm. The reading room is also open on Saturday afternoons, 1.00pm-4.00pm for library browsing. We ask all users to book an appointment during the week for viewing archive material. To do this ring 0203 757 8510/8511 or email archives@bcaheritage.org.uk  However, no appointment is required on a Saturday, simply drop in and ask at reception to access the reading room.

 

Address:
1 Windrush Square, Brixton, London, SW2 1EF
Contact name:
Victoria Northridge
Job title:
Collections Manager
Telephone:
0203 757 8500 main switchboard
Opening times:
Please see description.
Who is it for:
All are welcome
Disabled access:
There is a ground floor entrance and lift to all floors. Disabled toilets are available in the basement.
Charges:
Access to the exhibition and reading room is free, we do charge for attendance of some program and learning events
Buses:
2, 3, 35, 37, 45, 59, 109, 118, 133, 159, 196, 250, 333, 415, 432, P4, P5
Train/tube:
3-5 minute walk from Brixton tube and rail station.
Parking:
There are no parking facilities, and parking is limited in the local area
Sector:
Voluntary