About us

Nottingham Black Archive (NBA) the idea for a resource that made Nottingham black history available to the wider public came about in 2009 and in 2010 the Nottingham Black Archive was founded. The aim of the archive is to research, collect and preserve Black history, heritage and culture in Nottingham, from the earliest time to the present day. The collection holds some of the earliest documents relating to the formation of Black community organisations in Nottingham, as well as, a growing archive of oral histories, including many from the  first generation of Africans and Caribbean’s to reside in Nottingham. The archive also holds photographs, articles, newsletters, books and political letters dating back to the 1940s.


Keeping the past in the present

Nottingham Black Archive is dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of people of African descent in Nottingham. The NBA programme of exhibitions and events provide a platform from which to share the diversity of cultures originating from Africa and the Caribbean, past and present. The collection promotes the teaching, learning and understanding of African Caribbean peoples’ contribution to Nottingham and provides an accessible permanent record of the richness of the Black experience in Nottingham.


– To research, collect and document the Nottingham Black presence from the earliest time to the present day.

– To strengthen the development, accessibility and care of the Nottingham Black Archive Collection

– To promote the teaching and learning of Black history in Nottingham.

– To create opportunities for people to share their own stories.

– To establish Nottingham Black Archive as a leading institution for Black Heritage and Culture in Nottingham.

– To ensure organisational sustainability.