TAITMAIL    No more Fringe benefits

TAITMAIL No more Fringe benefits

 

By Patrick Kelly


The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, and that’s its problem. 

TAITMAIL   Talking of the unspeakable…

TAITMAIL Talking of the unspeakable…

Feelings are running high over what rights museums in the UK have to house certain objects, from a three-legged stool in Oxford that is claimed as a national treasure by Uganda to symbols of religious rites for native Canadians and New Zealanders to the Parthenon Sculptures.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Alan Sparrow on another legend of photojournalism, Victor Console

Armouries appoints Edwards as DG

Armouries appoints Edwards as DG

The CEO of Leeds’s Thackray Museum of Medicine, Nat Edwards, is to be the new Master of the Armouries and director general of the Royal Armouries.

McKellen gives £25k for new plays

McKellen gives £25k for new plays

Sir Ian McKellen is offering up to £25,000 to producers to stage new plays and revivals, funded by his successful 80thbirthday tour.

TAITMAIL   The new world of tradition

TAITMAIL The new world of tradition

The new Royal College of Art in Battersea with its infinite spaces and possibilities opened to the public for the first time with its graduate show last month, showing some of the stunning fruits of the minds of young artists who have the latest digital technology at their fingertips, allowing them to fuse moving images, performance and installation in ways inconceivable a generation ago.

Shepherd joins Selladoor

Shepherd joins Selladoor

Selladoor, the regional theatre producer behind the national and international tours of The Jersey Boys, 9 to 5 The Musical and Footloose, has a new executive director in Andrew Shepherd.

Compton Verney’s new CEO

Compton Verney’s new CEO

Geraldine Collinge, director of public programmes at the RSC for 12 years, is to be the new chief executive at Compton Verney.

Perricone to chair Northern Ballet

Perricone to chair Northern Ballet

The Royal Academy of Dance’s chairman is to switch allegiances to become chair of Northern Ballet.

‘Reinvented’ Horniman wins £100k Art Fund prize

‘Reinvented’ Horniman wins £100k Art Fund prize

South London’s Horniman Museum, once a traditional Victorian museum but recast by its director to better reflect its diverse surrounding community, has won this year’s £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year award.

Brett Rogers to leave Photographers’ Gallery

Brett Rogers to leave Photographers’ Gallery

Brett Rogers is to step down as director of the Photographers’ Gallery at the end of the year after 16 years.

Cornwall’s museum facing closure after council cuts funding

Cornwall’s museum facing closure after council cuts funding

Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum faces closure after more than 200 years after Cornwall Council suddenly refused a bid for continued annual revenue funding.

Showroom’s new director is Gabriela Salgado

Showroom’s new director is Gabriela Salgado

Argentina-born Gabriela Salgado is the new director of the Showroom, the London gallery that specialises on experimental collaborations.

Heidi Vaughan to take over at Tobacco Factory

Heidi Vaughan to take over at Tobacco Factory

Heidi Vaughan is to succeed Mike Tweddle as artistic director of Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Probation chief is new English Heritage chair

Probation chief is new English Heritage chair

Gerard Lemos, chair of the prison and probation service, is to be the new chairman of English Heritage, to succeed Sir Tim Laurence in January.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Wimbledon hopeful crashes out, 25th June 1993, by David Ashdown for The Independent

By Alan Sparrow

Di Lees to leave IWM

Di Lees to leave IWM

Diane Lees is to stand down as director general of the Imperial War Museums next year, she announced today.

National Gallery goes national for NG200

National Gallery goes national for NG200

The National Gallery is to mark its bicentenary - by going national in a £95m celebration of its foundation in 1824, which includes a major refurbishment.

Little Amal returns to celebrate Refugee Week

Little Amal returns to celebrate Refugee Week

The national seven-day arts festival celebrating contributions made to this country by refugees is launched today.

SOLT/UK Theatre get job share CEOs

SOLT/UK Theatre get job share CEOs

The co-executive directors of the British Chambers of Commerce are to continue their job sharing as join-CEOs of the Society of London Theatre and Theatre UK.

Art Fund steps up museum funding

Art Fund steps up museum funding

Art Fund is making £2m available to museums in new funding schemes this summer.

MY STORY   The drink that StARTs art

MY STORY The drink that StARTs art

A new art prize is to feature in this autumn’s StART London Art Fair, the exhibition devoted to emerging talent at the Saatchi Gallery. The prize is sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin and here the brand’s global head of marketing, Robert Eastham, explains how the partnership came together

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE   Museums: Beyond the gift shop window

GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE Museums: Beyond the gift shop window

At Museums Connections 2022 The Revels Office consultancy led an exploration of how museums can combine innovation, experience and retail strategy to create new commercial programmes. The Revel Office’s project co-ordinator, Jeani Tamakloe, sifts the inputs

Platinum medals

Platinum medals

Honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list

Where are our monuments? History and the Windrush fiasco

The Black Cultural Archives, the nation’s only repository dedicated to the heritage of African and Caribbean heritage people, opened its centre in Windrush Square, Brixton, in 2014, but why the Windrush documents if no longer thought useful, were they not passed over to the archive?Here its director, Paul Reid, looks at the history behind the unfolding fiasco regarding for the Windrush generation - and sees a shameful lack of appreciation of the Black citizens who have helped create today’s Britain, creating a hostile environment for legal migrants

The thousands of people who travelled as British citizens between 1948 and 1973 were invited to this country to help rebuild post-war Britain. The Elders of the Britain’s Caribbean heritage community were a pioneering generation who laid solid foundations that rebuilt post-war Britain.

Main photograph, Windrush passengers arrive at Tilbury in 1948. By Howard Grey, reproduced by permission of Black Cultural Archives

This is not an immigration story, not a moment of migrant history, but is central to British history. The history of Black people in Britain dates back centuries, yet this history has been long hidden. It is our duty to unearth and share these histories with everyone for a better and deeper appreciation of Britain. And to ensure injustices borne of ignorance and lack of empathy do not continue to occur and debate the value we give to this society.

BCA’s archive collection holds a copy of the 1948 Nationality Act, and subsequent immigration Acts, documenting the legislation relating to those invited from the Commonwealth as British citizens. The “Windrush generation” came on their own and then brought their families here. The resilience and courage of the generations that followed them have shaped today’s Black British community.

Paul Reid. Picture by Sharon Wallace

The fact that citizenship questions are being raised decades later is highly problematic. Our collection holds historical evidence of the oppositional campaigns to the racist 1962 Immigration Act, known as the Colour Bar Immigration Act, which expressly limited the movement of British citizens from its colonies.

BCA https://blackculturalarchives.org was founded in 1981 as our co-founder Len Garrison grappled with the fundamental question of “Where are our monuments? Where are our martyrs? ...” His words echo through the country today, as we are still asking these same questions in the face of institutions that are still unable to value our contributions and heritage.

The destruction of landing cards that form part of a narrative of an entire generation and their children’s history is disheartening. BCA exists to ensure the preservation of this history:
our archive differs from national or government archives, as our remit is to preserve the narratives of the people.

Materials that can no longer be held in central archives should be offered to alternative repositories such as ourselves. We have been entrusted by generations of individuals, families and organisations to safeguard these materials, our history, British history. We call on the government to ensure the travesty of the destruction of the archival materials must never happen again. And BCA must be the recognised home for such important archival material.

BCA are inviting all those who are worried about being affected, have concerns about their documentation either for rights to remain and safeguarding to a public meeting on Saturday 28 April 2018 between 2pm-5pm.The public meeting will be followed by a series of legal clinics from legal professionals who are volunteering their time and expertise.

BCA are open to working with and alongside government and community initiatives to support the wider community to navigate the current situation and help to overcome the distrust and distress that has arisen. Clinics will be held at BCA as a central point of contact for the community and safe space to ask critical questions and make enquiries.

 

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