Black culture stretches all across the world. Often times you'd be surprised just where you find it. Nomadness member Colleen Williams shares her recent travels to the UK's first national Black Heritage Center. Take a glimpse of her experience below.
The Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton, South London was established in 1981 by educationalist and historian Len Garrison to celebrate the contributions that black people have made to culture, society and heritage of the UK’s black history.
I visited the Black Cultural Archives on a Saturday afternoon as part of a staycation in my adopted city of London, UK. Located near to Ritzy Cinema in Brixton the Black Cultural Archives is the UK’s first national black heritage centre.
Spread across two floors including the archives, visitors can explore a range of exhibits. These include documents from the Empire Windrush of 1948, one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom, carrying 492 passengers from Jamaica to London.
Whilst the venue is small, the exhibits are well presented to document the Black Cultural Archives mission to record, preserve and celebrate history. I spent three hours browsing the exhibits, reading every single document that I could find.