Heritage Centre

Our new heritage centre is located on Windrush Square, in the heart of Brixton. Steeped in history, Windrush Square is historically named after the SS Empire Windrush, which docked in Tilbury in 1948 carrying her passengers on their pioneering journey from Jamaica to Britain.

We have transformed Raleigh Hall, a Grade II listed Georgian building in central Brixton, into a space dedicated to preserving and celebrating Black heritage in Britain. The £7-million capital project restored aspects of the building’s original historic features, in addition to a newly designed annexe to create a purpose-built archive and heritage centre accessible to the public.

We have received tremendous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the London Borough of Lambeth, the Mayor of London and the Biffa Award to complete this capital project, and from all our funders and supporters who help us continue our work.

Our facilities include:

  • Exhibition space
  • Research facilities including reading room and reference library
  • Dedicated spaces for informal and formal learning
  • Secure and environmentally controlled archive strong room compliant with the British standard 5454:2000 allowing us to continue to safeguard our collection for future generations
  • Café and shop
  • Courtyard for outdoor eating and special events
  • Spaces for events, seminars, meetings and community use

With thanks to the generous and continued support from our funders.