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Title:Looking for Africa: sources in London archives at London metropolitan archives (LMA)
Author:Wiltshire, RichardISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Issue:126
Pages:29-35
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Great Britain
Caribbean
Subjects:archives
banking
publishing
theatre
LGBT
Blacks
Abstract:This article, based on a talk by Maureen Roberts and Richard Wiltshire delivered to SCOLMA on 3 November 2014, presents sources on Africa in the collections at the London Metropolitan Archives, focusing on the archives of the Standard Chartered Bank, the Huntley Archives (deposited by Eric and Jessica Huntley from British Guyana), and Black African Carribean Community archives. The archives of the Standard Chartered Bank document the provision of banking across vast areas of Africa, as well of services and control from the London head office directed at general managers in Africa. The records give an insight into colonial life in Africa, the local people and environment. The Huntley archives record the personal life of the Huntleys as well as the history of their publishing house Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications Limited. Subjects the publishing house focused on included African culture and folklore. The archives hold, amongst others, submitted manuscripts which were never published. Other Black African Carribean archives include the archives of Hansib Publications Limited, founded by publisher Arif Ali; the archives of rukus! Federation Limited, which contain the Black Lesbian and Gay Bisexual and Transgender Cultural Archive; and the archive of Central London Arts Limited, which ran 'The Drill Hall' in Bloombury, a theatre that provided space for Black community groups such as the Black Theatre Cooperative and the theatre company Talawa. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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