BCA statement £200,000 government cash boost

We're delighted that the government has announced £200,000 of short-term funding for Black Cultural Archives (BCA). It is an important and welcome contribution. We will begin 2019 continuing discussions with all of our funders to address the challenge of long-term sustainability for BCA.

Although there isn’t a comparable archive in the UK that is financially independent, we recognise that BCA is in a unique position. As we move through these challenging times it is essential that we secure the legacy for future generations as the only national institution dedicated to uncovering, preserving and celebrating the histories and heritage of African & Caribbean people in Britain..

Paul Reid

Director, BCA


Dawn Hill

Chair, BCA



Notes to editor:

Black Cultural Archives is situated in the heart of Brixton on Windrush Square. Its mission is dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain. Founded in 1981, BCA is the first of its kind and its unique collection includes rare historical documents, photographs, ephemera, oral history testimonies and an eclectic range of objects dating from the second century to the present day. BCA’s work recognises the importance of broader historical narratives and promotes dialogue that encourages everyone to learn, explore and become inspired by an inclusive British history. BCA aims to create a sustainable institution through its We Are One and #BackBCA campaigns. Funded by the London Borough of Lambeth.


Paul Reid