The black cultural archives were forced to close its doors recently, as part of the government lock down to combat the spread of Covid – 19 in the UK. Arike Oke posted a personal message to members of the public saying:
“I want to thank everyone for your support of BCA, and of each other in the current uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus. At BCA we have been carefully monitoring the situation and government guidelines around the Coronavirus or COVID-19.
With our visitors and staff safety in mind, we have decided to temporarily close Black Cultural Archives' 1 Windrush Square building from 18:00 on Wednesday 18th March 2020. We will regularly review advice and guidance from the government and health bodies to determine our re-opening date.
Though the building will be closed, our staff will be working from home and can be contacted via email, social media and by telephone on 0203 757 8500. We have a lot of exciting projects planned for 2020, so over the closure period we plan to reveal details via our newsletter, social networks and website.
You can still experience BCA 24 hours a day by using our online archives on Google’s Arts and Culture’s website.
In this period our Windrush Compensation advice surgeries are suspended. Please send us an email at email@example.com or leave a voicemail on 0203 757 8500 with your contact details if you would like to be added to the list for when they re-open.
BCA is a charity. We depend on donations to create and maintain our work. If you can, please consider making a donation to ensure that we can keep up our work during the closure of our building. Please share our JustGiving page and consider supporting us with a donation however big or small.
Black History Month is every day of the year for BCA, so expect us to be sharing content to keep you entertained and educated during this closure period.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone to continue to be safe and look forward to welcoming you back through our doors soon. Thank you for your support of BCA, and of my first year in the role of Managing Director.
From me and all of our family at BCA, we wish you good health”.