The Home Of Black British History Is Creating A New Archive - With Your Help

By Lydia Manch Last edited 48 months ago

Last Updated 09 June 2020

The Home Of Black British History Is Creating A New Archive - With Your Help
7 June, 2020, London, UK. Photo credit: Sandor Szmutko/Shutterstock.

The home of Black British history is creating a new archive to document the events of 2020 — with your help.  

Black Cultural Archives is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting and sharing the stories and histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain — check out examples from their amazing archives here.

Now they're crowdsourcing material to document the Black Lives Matter movement and protests of 2020: this is your chance to make sure that the records that future generations will have available to them of this time will reflect the reality.

Those could include any of the following online materials: digital photographs, videos, artworks, poems, petitions or other forms of content. Learn more and send your submissions here.  

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Please note: it's crucial not to share content which would identify individual protestors or organisers — and to protect your own anonymity, if you're attending protests. This means both:

1. Using an app or image scrubber tool to hide any identifying characteristics, including faces, tattoos, recognisable clothing — painting out the relevant sections of the image is preferable to blurring, as it's less easily reversible.

2. Scrubbing the metadata of any images to remove your own personal information.

There are links for resources to take both of these steps on the BCA website here.

Black Cultural Archives is a charity. You can support their work by texting BACKBCA to 70970 to donate £5, or make a donation here.

US Embassy, London, 31 May, 2020. Photo credit: Matteo Roma/Shutterstock.