New home for Black Cultural Archives - Raleigh Hall

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Nickster, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. urbanspaceman

    urbanspaceman Well-Known Member

    Yes, and that's what I speculate may happen at BCA.

    Here are the current opening times:


    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 10:00 – 18:00
    Wednesday 10:00 – 18:00
    Thursday 10:00 – 18:00*
    Friday 10:00 – 18:00
    Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
    Sunday Closed
    *Open until 19:00 every second Thursday of the month.

    Reading Room
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday 10:00 – 16:00
    Thursday 10:00 – 16:00*
    Friday 10:00 – 16:00
    Saturday Closed
    Sunday Closed

    It's only too easy to imagine them adopting the Reading Room times for the whole building. There are some obvious steps they could take though:

    • push the cafe harder - put a big sign outside, expand the menu, and publicise it better on the website and social media.
    • use the courtyard better - perhaps for a night food market, or farmers' market
    • it's rather amazing that the only identification carrying the BCA name is a thin red banner running vertically down the side of the building.

    Very difficult to read from the road. I wonder how many tens of thousands of people pass by every day on the bus, without any idea of what the building is. There should be a big - horizontal - sign across the front of the new annex part of the building, clearly visible to passing traffic.
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  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They've stuck what looks like a big garish LCD screen on the side of the building.
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  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Posted on FB:

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  4. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    A projector I thought when I was outside the other day. Couldn’t quite tell but it didn’t look sharp enough to be a screen.
  5. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    That new grant will have strings to it - full new business plan review, cash flow forecast and fundraising & marketing strategy at least, plus some stuff on governance. The m&f plan will need to turn around their current apparent ‘build it and they will come’ approach.
  6. urbanspaceman

    urbanspaceman Well-Known Member

    BCA has a new MD, Arike Oke, and the lacklustre tenure of Paul Reid is finished. This change is surely the quid pro quo for the recent emergency funding from DCMS. AO has varied and very relevant experience for the job. Let's hope for her success.

    Wednesday 6 February 2019, London, United Kingdom --- Black Cultural Archives (BCA) has appointed Arike Oke as its new Managing Director. From Monday 4 March, Arike will lead the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.

    Arike has extensive experience in the heritage and cultural sector and a long track record in leading large and complex, multiple-stakeholder initiatives. She is a standing board member of the National Archives’ programme to transform the UK archives sector, Unlocking Archives, is a BAFTA Heritage Board member, and previously had an integral role in redeveloping Wellcome Collection’s approach to archives.

    Her role will be to drive BCA’s mission to use its unique collection to promote the teaching, learning and understanding of African and Caribbean people’s history and heritage in Britain, as well as leading the strategic development of BCA, delivering against a Business Plan and fundraising strategy for the long-term sustainability for the organisation.

    Arike Oke said: “I am delighted to become the new Managing Director of BCA, building on the achievements of Paul Reid and his team. I am a passionate advocate of communities and heritage, and I take pride in working with people and on projects who share the ethos of creating a positive future for all. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues, the Board, patrons, the local community, and our wider society to take BCA into its next phase. Black Cultural Archives is the home of Black British history, and is the conduit for telling our new, and old, stories. I'm excited to lead BCA to fulfil its potential as innovative, dynamic, and at the heart of our national conversation.”

    Arike’s achievements include chairing Hull’s first Black History Month committee, securing significant funding for, as well as programming and managing, a national cross-sector multi-platform programme to commemorate Rambert’s 90th and helping to create the current UK Strategic Vision for Archives.

    Dawn Hill, Chair, BCA said: “Arike is the perfect person to join BCA as Managing Director and we are thrilled to have her become part of the team. She shares our vision for the future of BCA and is bringing a wealth of experience, energy and creativity to the role.”

    Of his tenure at BCA and Arike’s appointment current Director, Paul Reid, said "Through the lens of African and African-Caribbean history and heritage, BCA’s Founders set out to establish a lasting legacy to our Ancestors. Len Garrison’s poem 'Where are all our monuments' posed a key question. I’m pleased with what we achieved during my time as Director and that we now have a greater commitment to changing the teaching and understanding of British history.

    I am also excited by Arike Oke’s appointment as Managing Director, who I am sure will, with her team, continue to realise the vision."

    Paul will be leaving his role on 28 February 2019.

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  7. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Any views on Reid being given his marching orders GarveyLives ?

    You were posting what a great guy he is in response to my less than enthusiastic view of him.

    Perhaps Reid can get a job in a Council again. Would suit him.

    I really hope the new person opens up the BCA and makes full use of the building.
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