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This unique and pioneering project focuses on the heritage of dance of the African Diaspora in the UK from 1950 to the present and fulfills an ongoing need for a current, coherent archive of Black dance.


The archive project grew out of research that identified that cultural history, in relation to the contribution and impact that British Black dance has made to our cultural heritage and its' influence on dance forms in the UK, was not acknowledged and was in danger of being lost and forgotten. 


This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is set up in partnership with a range of organisations including Black Cultural Archives, National Resource Centre for Dance, University of Leeds, V&A, Trinity Laban, University of Leeds and Birmingham Records and Libaries.

Please view the film and browse through these photographs of key contributors and depositors to the archive.


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