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UK’s first black cultural heritage centre opens in Brixton

The Black Cultural Archives
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The UK’s first national black heritage centre has opened in a new £7 million development in south London, which includes an outdoor courtyard space that will be used for performances and events.

A refurbished grade II-listed building in Brixton, the site is home to the Black Cultural Archives, which includes the Black Plays Archives. This consists of scripts and costumes from historical black plays.

The centre has attracted support from actor Idris Elba and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, while director Steve McQueen regularly uses the archives to help with research for film and television projects.

Director of Black Cultural Archives Paul Reid said: “We are excited by the opportunity to reveal Black heritage throughout recorded history on these shores, and to bring our collections to life for all to learn and enjoy.”

Black Cultural Archives opens with an exhibition entitled Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain, which runs until November, while spoken word, music and dance performances are planned throughout the coming months.

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