Black Cultural Archives Just Made Over 4,000 Items Available Online

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 56 months ago

Last Updated 24 October 2019

Black Cultural Archives Just Made Over 4,000 Items Available Online
African Peoples Historical Monument Foundation and Friends of the Archive calling for the creation of BCA, featuring co-founder Len Garrison (second from right). Credit: BCA/Len Garrison.

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.

Colonial Stowaways who Arrived in the United Kingdom during 1950. Credit: BCA / Michael Banton

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.

Image: BCA/Google

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.

How the West Indian child is made educationally subnormal in the British school system, book. Credit: BCA/New Beacon Books

Google Arts & Culture's collaboration with BCA follows another that was announced earlier this year, with London Transport Museum.

Womanopoly — a board game demonstrating injustices for women in society. Credit: BCA/Stella Dadzie
Queen Mother Moore, one of the inspirations behind the foundations of the Black Cultural Archives. Credit: BCA/Len Garrison
Resources for Anti-Racist Education. Credit: BCA/Len Garrison

The Black Cultural Archives collection is free to browse online.