Past Exhibitions


Windrush: Moving Back, Looking Forward

22 June - 14 September 2019

Black Cultural Archives presents Windrush: Looking Back, Moving Forward, a series of events that explore the concept of belonging and raises questions about Britishness, citizenship and identity.


radiating greatness: stories of black leadership (part 1)

11 February - 31 May 2019

Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co, Radiating Greatness tells the stories of our first five amazing women through the eyes of the award-winning artist and leader of the Black British Art Movement in the 1980S, Franklyn Rodgers.

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7 August - 24 October 2018

Expectations was 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.


Family Ties

17 February 2018 - 7 August 2018

In 2013 Promise Adamah-Togobo went home to Ghana for the funeral of her uncle. While she was there her aunt gave her some papers that her uncle had been safeguarding. This set in motion a journey of discovery that brings us to this very moment.

Discover how one family discovered they were descendants of African royalty.


Black Sound

7 April 2017 – 17 February 2018 

Black Sound tells the story of 100 years of musical creativity and DIY ingenuity. Overcoming the majority status quo of the music industry, Black British music has migrated from the margins to re-master the mainstream. This exhibition celebrates the pioneers that made it happen – the players, the promoters, the producers and the punters that changed Britain’s cultural history. Co-curated in partnership with The Champion Agency and Lloyd Bradley. 


Rastafari in Motion

14 June – 10 September 2016

A new exhibition Rastafari in Motion tells the rarely told story of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Rastafari movement in Britain. Find out about the exploits of ‘The Book Liberator’ and the rising consciousness in Black youth from the 1960s onwards. Co-curated in partnership with Rastafari Regal Livity.

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Black Georgians: the shock of the familiar

9 October 2016 – 4 June 2016

Black Georgians reveals the everyday lives of Black people in Britain during the Georgian period, 1714-1830. A rich array of historical evidence that presents a surprising, sometimes shocking, and inspiring picture of Georgian Britain.

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15 January – 31 July 2015 

Staying Power is an important exhibition featuring photographs drawn from the V&A’s collection. From documentary to portraiture to staged allegorical photographs, Staying Power documents experiences from post-World War II through to the 1990s, covering topics from mass migration to hip-hop fashions of south London.

The exhibition is part of the Staying Power project to increase the number of Black British photographers and images of Black people in Britain in V&A’s National Collection on the Art of Photography. It aims to raise awareness of the contribution of Black people to British culture and society, as well as the art of photography.