We are FHALMA
FHALMA (Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA) is a charitable foundation.
The charity, a not-for-profit organisation was founded in 2013 with the aim of promoting the heritage of the Caribbean and African Diaspora by developing education and community projects, based on the archives. Building awareness of the narratives, histories and knowledge held in the archive materials found in the Huntley Collections.
Guyanese-born political activists, Jessica Huntley and Eric Huntley, founders of the publishing house Bogle-L’Ouverture Publications – named for Paul Bogle and Toussaint L’Ouverture, two instrumental figures in Black resistance and revolt against slavery – were collaborative community leaders who published a wide range of radical Black books, 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 City of London|London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) since 2005, have provided the rich, academic, cultural content and the socio-political narrative and heartbeat for the story of migration and the founding of Black Britain. Known for the highly successful Huntley conferencesheld annually at LMA since 2006, their long experience as grassroot, community educationalists as demonstated by the programmes and conference themes have elevated and inspired many others to publish, write and set up supplementary schools.
What do the Archives tell us?
The Huntley Archives underpin the story of the changing British cultural landscape and the creation of a new form of community activism.
The depth and breadth of those narratives is incredible and we have only just began to reveal the richness of its potential, to tell the history of Black British culture. For example, the Archives are the impetus for first of FHALMA’s art exhibition initiatives – No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 one of the most comprehensive exhibitions surveying the work of post-war Black British art and activists in recent years – and also of No Colour Bar: Highland Remix: Clearances to Coloniaism at Timespan, Scotland.