'Treasures of the Black Cultural Archives' – groundbreaking exhibition at Brockwell Hall, October 5-9, 2011

Edwardian lady, early 1900sFibre glass wall relief from the original BCA building, Coldharbour Lane

Ahead of its move to a permanent home in Raleigh Hall, Brixton next year, the Black Cultural Archives (BCA), in association with the Friends of Brockwell Park (FOBP), is giving the public a rare opportunity to view some of its treasures over five days in Brockwell Hall, Brockwell Park, Lambeth, from Wednesday October 5 to Sunday October 9.

This exhibition showcases a selection of the documents, objects and photographs that make up the BCA's important collection that has been developed over 30 years. As a mark of continuity, the fibre glass statue of 'Erzulie' by George Fowokan Kelly that adorned the original BCA at 378 Coldharbour Lane forms a centrepiece of the exhibition. A model of its successor will also be on show.

Alongside the exhibition, a series of workshops for local schools will be held based on a Brockwell Park Anansi story. Students will visit the exhibition and then attend a storytelling workshop; some 120 local children are expected to attend.

‘Treasures of the Black Cultural Archives’ reflects the range of black experiences, good and bad, in the UK and beyond. It also reflects the past, present and future of the Black Cultural Archives.
It includes:
•    Images and objects illustrating the range of perceptions of black people – black sports stars, BCA badges, British Movement flyer, Praise Jah – Jah Lion record cover, slave bill of sale
•    BCA’s latest exhibition project ‘Heart of the Race: Oral Histories of the Black Women’s Movement’ in the 1970s-1980s.
•    Cartoons on the Anansi story “How Natty Got Vex Wid De ‘Pider”, that will be the basis of the schools' workshops
•    A display showing the plans for the new Black heritage centre due to open in heart of Brixton at the end of 2012.

BCA director Paul Reid said: “BCA would like to welcome all visitors to the exhibition and hope it will be an enjoyable and inspiring experience.”

FOBP chair Peter Bradley added: “We are proud to see the Black Cultural Archives exhibition come to Brockwell Hall. It is a significant addition to the range of activities this great Park offers to the whole community.”

This is the third in a series of exhibitions organised at Brockwell Hall this year by the Friends of Brockwell Park, a charity set up to preserve and protect the Park.

Sponsors include:Black Cultural Archives, Friends of Brockwell Park, Brockwell Art Services, Lambeth Parks, Brockwell Park Development and Education Officer, Heritage Lottery Fund.

Exhibition details
Wednesday-Sunday, October 5-9, 2011
Brockwell Hall, Brockwell Park, Lambeth
10.30am to 4.30pm daily. Free entry
Guided tours to the exhibition: Midday and 3pm daily
Souvenir catalogue £1
Address: Norwood Road, SE24 9BJ
. Brockwell Hall is on a hill in the middle of the Park.