Welcome

Welcome to the Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA (FHALMA) pages on Huntleysonline.com.

FHALMA became a charitable trust in 2013, with the aim of promoting the heritage of the Caribbean and African Diaspora by supporting education and community projects from the materials found in the Huntley Collections. Conserved and housed at the London Metropolitan Archives, (LMA) Jessica and Eric Huntley deposited their Archives in 2005.

One of FHALMA’s key goals is to further the work of London Metropolitan Archives to make the Huntley Collection available to as wide an audience as possible. You can read more about our work here.

Since 2006 the annual Huntley conference has filled the gap created by a discriminatory society, by opening up discussions,  stories and ideas that helped shaped contemporary Black British culture – those lessons about struggles and social change missing from the classrooms and the media. By sharing those important and powerful narratives of political activism and cultural development that resonate and respond to experiences and aspirations, the Huntley conferences inspire inter generational audiences to confidently explore issues around Black identity and heritage.

However, the famous annual Huntley conference is at risk. 2017 will see the 12th edition of significant journey started by Eric and Jessica Huntley. But we need your financial support.

The theme for the 12th annual conference: “Deep Roots and New Shoots – What’s the new Radical?” symbolises just how significant the contributions of the communities of Black people have been expressed in radical thinking and influenced wider society through books and publishing. We plan to explore Blackness, then and now. However, this can’t happen without your support.

We need your help to ensure that annual Huntley conferences can continue. If support for this much respected and important platform is not found now, we may not be able to produce the next conference.

It’s a matter of urgency. We need your financial support to guarantee that the event can take place.  Please support us by booking your tickets online to secure the seats and share this by Donating now. Thank you.

Getting behind the Next Generation
It’s a clear plan: we want to give more young people the chance to attend the inspiring annual Huntley conferences and for that we need your support. Help us create positive life chances to inspire young people to lead them to discovering a world of creative opportunities through the amazing narratives and Black role models found in the Huntley Archives. We are asking for donations to raise funds to produce the 12th Annual Huntley Conference. Please donate to our Fund and you will help us to reach communities where the cost to attend is a real barrier. To get a feel for the event, please read about 11th Annual Huntley Conference:

Animating Black Archives – The Next Ten Years

Hosted by London Metropolitan Archives, The Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA, Black Cultural Archives , George Padmore Institute and the Black History Collection at the Institute of Race Relations 

Saturday 27 February | London Metropolitan Archives

What are Archives for? Who needs to know about historical Black narratives?

What does the future hold for Black community and individual archive collections?

These questions and many more around the future and value of Black archives were debated in February 2016 in a collaborative conference with the four leading Black heritage organisations. By creating an equitable platform to examine the future opportunities and challenges in bringing to life and revealing the hidden histories in Black archives, the conference signalled a renewed spirit of partnership and re-freshening connections. Working collaboratively, Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA (FHALMA), Black Cultural Archives (BCA), George Padmore Institute (GPI) and the Black History Collection at the Institute of Race Relations (BHCIRR) shared their knowledge of collecting, cataloging and curating the materials from their significant archives for this important conference. News about the new HLF-funded grant to document and conserve the Cy Grant Archive in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) was received with applause. Chaired by one of FHALMA’s Next Gen leaders, Shani Crawford,  the day also included a motivational presentation by guest speaker, the renowned Black photographer, Charlie Phillips, and closed with an inspirational and exciting jazz set with Keith Waithe, Gary Crosby OBE joined by a talented and emerging singer, Cherise Adams-Burnett.

Thanks to longstanding and most generous support from LMA, the Archives were open for delegates to explore and dig deeper, supported by tours and expert advice on conservation by LMA Archivists. The contributors shared some of their Archives on the conference stalls. As is the custom, forming an important part of the annual Huntley conferences, books, posters, and greeting cards on Black British cultural heritage and were available for attendees to browse and to buy.

Special Project
No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990

In 2015 we launched our most exciting partnership project: No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990.  Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in close partnership with the City of London’s Guildhall Art Gallery and LMA, this stunning art and archive exhibition No Colour Bar took as its impetus the Huntley Archives and featured the works of Britain’s Black artists. The exhibition ran for six months at the Guildhall Art Gallery from July 2015 to January 2016. The digital exhibition is currently touring with partners including Black Cultural Archives, Hackney Museum and the Cubitt Art Gallery.

Aubrey Williams, Quetzalcoatl III (Olmec Maya and Now series) 1984, oil on canvas. Courtesy October Gallery and Aubrey Williams estate.

Aubrey Williams, Quetzalcoatl III (Olmec Maya and Now series) 1984, oil on canvas. Courtesy October Gallery and Aubrey Williams estate.
No Colour Bar brought together rarely exhibited material from the Huntley Archives, artwork from a number of institutions and private collections, and a range of unpublished material.