Founded by educator Len Garrison, Black Cultural Archives’ is dedicated to enhancing and promoting education.

Our team is committed to documenting, teaching and the development of educational resources about the history of the Black Britain.

As the UK’s only dedicated heritage centre we provide extensive learning programmes of exhibitions, courses, school workshops, lectures, public events and a dynamic youth forum.


Schools Programme

Education is at the heart of Black Cultural Archives.

Our vast archive collection contains over 2,000 records reflecting the long history of Black presence in Britain. Some of the materials include early Roman records of North African Emperor Septimuis Serverus and pre-colonial maps of Africa and antique newspaper of the 1700s. The collection also contains records from modern history including that of African and Caribbean soldiers in World Wars I & II, resistance movements and pressure groups of the twentieth century.

Our schools programme and unique learning approach give pupils deeper insight into how the past shapes ideas about the present and future. We are offer a vast range of teaching resources, interactive school workshops and training courses to support schools across the country.

For more information about our learning programme email learning@bcaheritage.org.uk or call 020 3757 8507.

Join our dedicated schools mailing list for updates on learning resources and reports.


Black history courses

Through a range of distinct five-week courses, learn and work with leading experts and historians to critically engage with archives, unearth often untold histories, and gain a broader knowledge of an underrepresented history in Britain.

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Professional Development for Teachers

Our six-week CPD courses equip both primary and secondary teachers with skills, knowledge, and resources required to teach Black British history sensitively and with confidence.

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BCA Youth forum

BCA Youth Forum is open to young people aged 16-26 years. We offer an opportunity to meet creative professionals, gain life-changing skills and unearth hidden histories through our archives. Young people are invited to enhance their skills and lead the way to make a difference to the future.