The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton is one of London's best resources for exploring the history of African and Caribbean communities in the UK.
It's continually open to the public, but has just become even more accessible, with the digitisation of over 4,000 items from its archives.
The online collection, co-created with Google Arts & Culture, features a series of curated online exhibitions and stories. Among the topics are: the art of carnival and masquerading; the Black Women's Movement; and the Windrush Generation — recently brought back into the limelight for all the wrong reasons, due to forceful deportations by the British government.
Arike Oke, Managing Director, Black Cultural Archives said:
As BCA is the home of Black British history, it's extremely fitting that we've been able to collaborate with Google on this important project. The fact that people from across the world will now be able to access our archive digitally is a perfect compliment to our mission to put our history on the map.
Google Arts & Culture's collaboration with BCA follows another that was announced earlier this year, with London Transport Museum.
The Black Cultural Archives collection is free to browse online.