Lambeth Council considering funding Black Cultural Archives £540,000 for a further three years

Brixton's Black Cultural Archives to host opening ceremony on 24th July, 2014

Lambeth Council is proposing to fund the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton £540,00 for a further three years.

Lambeth Council considering funding Black Cultural Archives £540,000 for a further three years

A similar £600,000 three year agreement was signed off in 2014.

Lambeth Council stated at the time: [pdf]

“The contribution from the council will cease under this arrangement at the end of 2016-2017. It is expected that other sources of funding will contribute towards their operating costs from that point.”

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The new proposal has been put in a report to be signed off by Cllr Jack Hopkins, the Cabinet member for Regeneration, Business and Culture. A decision needs to be made by Cllr Hopkins by 4 April, 2017.

The report adds:

“The funding will be flexible, so a larger proportion can be drawn down by the organisation over 2017/18 and 2018/19, if required.”

The Black Cultural Archives opened after many years of delay in July 2014. It has the remit of recording and preserving the history of people of African descent in Britain.

£7m of funding was provided to restore the old Raleigh Hall in Windrush Square to become the new home of the Black Cultural Archives. This came from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the GLA and Lambeth Council.

A crowd funder campaign was launched by the organisation in December 2015. Funders were asked to back a campaign to raise £50,000. The crowd funder came to a close with £1,073 being raised.

Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives opens in Brixton tonight with free a Windrush Square ceremony