WELCOME TO LIVING ARCHIVE
The ethos for the Living Archive acknowledges the archive not as a static structure where objects are labelled definitively, but one that continues to evolve through interpretation and reinterpretation that can be used to deliver unique experiences where art responds to and is informed by heritage and used to tell stories. In turn, this opens up an exchange, reconnecting back to heritage so that the Living Archive is active and animated.
The Living Archive is a collection of archival materials that can be used by all; artists, academics, researchers and those tracking their family history. The digital collections provide a home to these inspirational documents and aims to spark conversations, learning and creativity by bringing the content to life through artistic responses, events, exhibitions, podcasts and films.
The Living Archive is part of Unearthed: Forgotten Histories, a project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which seeks to make a structural difference to the recording, documentation and sharing of Black history and heritage in the UK.
BROWSE KEY COLLECTIONS
Migration, diversity and Leicester heritage are a recipe for a rich explosion of culture all of which is
The Manifest: Black Dance 1940-2019 exhibition showcased the hidden history and impact of Black Dance in Britain using
2017 marked 30 years of Black History Month in the UK. In response, Serendipity Institute for Black Arts
Artrage was an intercultural arts magazine that was published in Britain from 1985 to 1991. The magazine was
Archiving the Past, Reflecting the Future is a journey through over a century of Black presence in the