The BCA is currently the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. Howvever with no core funding from the government, it has seen its funding drop by two-thirds in recent months to an unsustainable level.
Over 100 cross-party MPs have signed a letter insisting that Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, Jeremy Wright MP to provide urgent funding support to the Black Cultural Archives (BCA). One MP that stands out as an advocate for getting funding for the BCA is Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood Helen Hayes. This morning, Hayes raised the issue at Parliamentary question time to Prime Minister Theresa May, where she received a 'reaction of support' from the members of parliament.
Helen Hayes MP, in whose constituency the BCA is located said:
“The BCA is an amazing organisation with a thirty year history, and its work has never been more important. In this Windrush 70th anniversary year, the Government must step in to place this national organisation on a sustainable financial footing for the future and #BackBCA.”
When asked about the funding cut and its impact on the local community Paul Reid, Director of the BCA said:
“We call on the broadest spectrum of society from local community, private sector, high net worth individuals, trusts and foundations, through to central government to join our #BackBCA campaign.”