Popular Culture and the Black Archive

Date 24 May 2019
Time 15:00–17:00
Location Main floor
Type Long table

Black music – from Jazz, the Blues, Reggae, Hip Hop through to Grime – has dominated popular music and culture for the last century. But do we know what’s in the UK’s archive collections about Black popular culture? Who’s responsible for collecting this material, framing it; and what are its sources?

Where are the gaps and the buried and lost artefacts, and is this a fundamentally devalued and fragmented archive?  Who has the right to collect, shape and re-frame the Black archive for the past, the present and the future? Why is this an urgent question for communities, artists and activists, and national and regional cultural organisations? What role can digital media play in making archives more accessible and to whom? This conversation takes place as part of Counterpoints Art’s Pop Culture and Social Change Strand.