Newspapers, newsletters, magazines and journals

Scope and Content

The collection is enormously varied, and includes magazines appealing to a wide readership, as well as those focusing on cultural identity, social and political issues, business, economic development, fashion, health, education, the arts, sport and music, as well as a large number addressed to women readers.

The periodical collections includes, but is not limited to, the following publications:

  • The Voice
  • Straight No Chaser
  • Roots
  • Black Beauty
  • Brixton Defence Campaign Bulletin
  • Drum
  • Race Today
  • Rastafari Speaks

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are strongly urged to contact Black Cultural Archives in advance of their visit. Some of the material may be stored off-site and advance notice of at least a week is needed in order to retrieve this material.

Please note, 'The Voice' (PERIODICALS/1) is currently stored offsite and we may need at least a full week's advance notice in order to retrieve this material.

The reading room is open for access to archive materials Wednesdays-Fridays, 10am-4pm. The reading room is also open late every second Thursday of the month, 1pm-7pm.

Please email the archivist to book an appointment