BCA Today

A lasting legacy for future generations

 

Established in 1981 and situated in its iconic building in Brixton’s Windrush Square since 2014, Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is the only national repository of Black history and culture in the UK. We are a public institution open to everyone.

Our mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the presence of those with African and Caribbean heritage in the UK and to document their contributions to British history.

Yet BCA, a national heritage institution, does not have the long-term financial foundations enjoyed by other similar organisations.

Substantial grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and valuable support from Lambeth Council has enabled BCA to build a world-class permanent home.

As this initial important capital phase now comes to an end, we are launching a strategic campaign to secure a strong base of long-term support from across the nation and beyond.

Our new strategy widens the impact of BCA, acknowledging the power of social media and a global audience at ease with curating content and making new connections. Working collectively and strategically, we aim to create a lasting legacy for future generations, by transforming the perception of Britain’s African and Caribbean heritage.

 
 
 HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall with Paul Reid, Black Cultural Archives Director, during their visit in February 2017

HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall with Paul Reid, Black Cultural Archives Director, during their visit in February 2017