Within the Walls of the BCA

Walk around the Black Cultural Archives and uncover the history that sits within this iconic building

By Google Arts & Culture

The Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and celebrating the histories of diverse people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.

Although the BCA is fairly new – it was established in 1981 – the history within its walls goes back centuries.

You can find the BCA in Windrush Square in Brixton – a hub for Black British history. The institution has been located in this iconic building since 2014.

This location was historically named after the SS Empire Windrush, which docked in Tilbury, Essex in 1948, carrying passengers on their journey from Jamaica to Britain.

As a public institution, the BCA is open to everyone and aims to promote teaching, learning, and understanding about African people’s contribution to British history.

It is the place to go if you want to discover more about Black British history and culture as it is the only national repository in the UK.

Through exhibitions, public programmes, and events, the BCA enables the public to learn and connect with hidden histories. Visit for yourself and be inspired by the culture within these walls.

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