Pringle Richards Sharratt's black history museum in London secures funding
Work on a London museum dedicated to the UK’s black cultural heritage will start next spring after the scheme secured funding yesterday.
Designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt working with Trace Architecture, the project in Brixton is now being bankrolled by a £4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a further £1 million from the Mayor of London.
The project will be based in the disused grade II Raleigh Hall in Brixton which was built in 1810 but has been empty for 20 years. The work means it will be taken off English Heritage’s At Risk register.
Local authority Lambeth Council has given a 99-year lease to client Black Cultural Archives, and will provide the scheme with £910,000 in funding over the next five years.
The museum will include exhibition and education space along with a cafe, library and reading room. The BCA archive collection covers five centuries, and the building will be the group’s first purpose-built home in the 29 years since it was formed. Part of the scheme will involve providing storage space for the BCA’s expanding collection of material.
The project is timed to finish in spring 2012 ahead of the London Olympic Games.