Family Ties - The Adamah Papers

FROM 7 MARCH until 5 October 2018

Family Ties exhibition is an intimate presentation of a British-Ghanaian family’s rich heritage and traditions that have been delicately preserved. Follow the Adamah family’s personal journey to rediscover their kingship and regality in Ghana and to preserve their family traditions here in Britain.

Togbui Adamah II was a paramount Ewe Fia of Some in south eastern Ghana and BCA’s newly acquired collection reveals an incredibly detailed snapshot of everyday life in Ghana during the early 1900s to the 1950s. More than that, the stories reveal what life was like under colonial rule as far back as 1858 in the voices of the people.

This is quite possibly the first time the Ewe culture has been presented in this way, outside of traditional cultural realms, and reveals artefacts that detail just how colonialism worked and the impact it had on the people in the colonised regions. This eagerly-anticipated exhibition will prove how one family’s history can tell a global story. This story, of an everyday Black family in Britain, could be any of our stories. BCA's mission is to help discover these hidden treasures and weave them into the national conversation.

Free admission.

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Find out more about the Family Ties conservation project. The Family Ties project and exhibition is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If you would like to view the Adamah Papers in BCA’s reading room, please contact our archivist to make an appointment archives@bcaheritage.org.uk. Please note, our reading room is open Wednesday to Friday, 10am-4pm.

 Supported by  www.scottfleary.com .

Supported by www.scottfleary.com.

 Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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Watch interview with the Adamah-Togobo family. 



The Neil Kenlock Archive

7 August until 24 October 2018


Come and experience the first ever photography exhibition ‘takeover’ at the Black Cultural Archives using photographs taken by Neil Kenlock.

Known for his captivating work focusing on key moments in post Windrush Britain, Kenlock’s powerful Expectations exhibition is no exception. For the first time visitors can enjoy the communal areas of the building, while exploring ideas of the black British leadership experience in the 1960s and 1970s.

Free admission, find out more about the exhibition and project.

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 OcOlive Morris © Neil Kenlock

OcOlive Morris © Neil Kenlock