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Wednesday23 July 2014

Pringle Richards Sharratt's black history museum in London secures funding

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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.

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  • zecks_marquise

    excellent news, we have been lagging behind in recognising the african influence on the social and economic development of the UK.

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  • I live close to this project and am glad to see it being renovated and used properly. I just hope the realisation of the scheme is better than the design shown here, as the block does not compliment or add anything to the grade II listed building.

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  • James Balston

    Good to see that building being brought back into use, and a fitting completion of and addition to the recent Windrush square improvements.

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  • Is that it . . . I mean, really, is that it ?? A cube made of bricks
    Someone should have called an architect

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