Black Cultural Archives,


Clarkson Alliance was extremely excited to work on this high profile project which transformed Raleigh Hall, a derelict grade II listed building in Brixton into the first national black heritage centre.


This multi-award winning project has been pivotal in uniting the community to preserve the heritage of people of African and Caribbean descent to UK society.

The project utilised funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the London Borough of Lambeth and Biffa awards.

The £6.5m project is now home to over 1000 artefacts collected over decades and the new centre comprises of an exhibition gallery area, a secure and environmentally controlled archive strongroom, research centre, reference library, conference and workshop spaces and a shop. Previously the collection was spread out over multiple locations and viewing was by appointment only, allowing time to locate and collate the various items.

Clarkson Alliance provided project management services and strategic advice on the development of a sustainable business plan, helping to secure additional funding through a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application.

The project has gone on to win multiple awards from the New London Awards and Civic Trust.


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Services Provided

Clarkson Alliance provided project management and support to secure a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to develop the project.

Value £6.5m

Client London Borough of Lambeth

Contract NEC Option A


The new centre has enabled us to achieve our objective of broadening the audience for our collection and providing space for us to tell the stories of our history in a new and engaging way. Our project manager, Derryn did an amazing job. She is clear, approachable and supportive and decisive because she understands that indecision costs money. She has a strong sense of what needs to be done, how to achieve it and what’s at stake. She is immensely driven and active at the centre of the project. She gets things done and everyone on plan.

Doreen Foster

Deputy Director, Black Cultural Archives


  • New London Awards 2015 – Overall winner of Best New Building
  • New London Awards 2015 – Award for conservation and retrofit
  • Civic Trust Awards 2015 – Main Award
  • Civic Trust Awards 2015 – Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement

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