Brixton exhibition preserves Ghana’s past

An East London family had no idea that two bags of letters brought back from Ghana would become the subject of a ground-breaking exhibition.

But when the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton got involved and enlisted the help of experts, these old documents – some dating back to 1894 – were deemed to be absolutely unique in Britain and a heritage asset that needed to be preserved.

The Adamah Papers exhibition was launched on Ghana Independence Day (6th March) and showcased letters written by and sent to Ewe King Fia Togbui Adamah II, and celebrated elements Ewe culture.

MisBeee and BCA curator Natalie Fiawoo

The link below highlights the journey of these papers from Ghana to the UK.

And check out an interview with exhibition curator Natalie Fiawoo. The exhibition is on until early October 2018. But the permanent archive will be at the BCA. I went to touch and read the old letters and you can read about my experience below.

An archive of Ghana’s past on paper – The Adamah Papers

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