Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA (FHALMA) is a charitable trust founded in 2013 with the aim of promoting the heritage of the Caribbean and African Diaspora by supporting education and community projects from the archive materials found in the Huntley Collections.
Guyanese-born political activists, Jessica Huntley and Eric Huntley were founders of the publishing house Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications – named for two instrumental figures in Black resistance and revolt against slavery – publishing a wide range of materials including greetings cards and posters reproducing contemporary paintings by artists and seminal texts by writers from across the African diaspora. Their business and personal papers, conserved and housed at the London Metropolitan Archives, (LMA) have been the source for the annual Huntley conferences held at LMA since 2006 and were the impetus for No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1969-1990 – one of the most comprehensive surveys of Black British art in recent years.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications, a radical London-based publishing company, which began operating during a period in the UK when books by Black authors or written with a sympathetic view of Black people’s history and culture were rare in mainstream bookshops in the UK.
FHALMA continues to work towards building on the success of the Huntley Archives’ annual conferences and the No Colour Bar project to develop new opportunities and continue the legacy of the work Jessica and Eric Huntley, sharing skills, building on collaborations with heritage organisations and funding partners. We thank Eric and Jessica Huntley for their archives and decades of work in the community. We continue to work closely with London Metropolitan Archives to discover ways to expose the value of the archives to young people.
A key goal is to further the work of London Metropolitan Archives to make the Huntley Collection available to as wide an audience as possible through the conferences and events. With support and funds our new website will offer access to archive images and resources.