The George Padmore Institute Archive Catalogue

Welcome to the George Padmore Institute (GPI) Archives.

We collect and provide access to archives and rare publications relating predominantly to the experience of the black community in Britain and internationally, especially in the Caribbean. The archives are supplemented by material from Africa and Asia. Please note that we do not hold any primary documents relating to George Padmore. The Institute has been named in memory of his life and vision by our late founding Chair, John La Rose.

We have a diverse range of archives comprising written and audio material, visual material and also photographs. The Institute has catalogued over 11,000 records to date.

The archives are post Windrush in date, the majority covering the period 1960s-1990s. 

The core collections have been gifted to the GPI by our late founding Chair, John La Rose. The archives divide into 4 areas: culture and the arts, such as the Caribbean Artists Movement and the International Book Fairs of Radical Black and Third World Books; publishing, especially the development and influence of New Beacon Books; education and the birth of the black supplementary school movement; and grassroots activism, including several campaigns born locally in North London as well as campaigns in Kenya and the Caribbean.

Those who experienced and were engaged in such activities remain central to the work of the George Padmore Institute today.

Visiting the Archives:

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please see the following page if you wish to visit the GPI from August 2020:  

The material is available for research at the GPI but please contact us in advance to make an appointment on 020 7272 8915 or email Appointments will be made Monday-Friday 10.30-4.00pm.

Using the Online Catalogues:

Click the About page on the archive menu for information relating to research visits.

Click the Collections page on the archive menu for an overview of each collection held, including background histories on each catalogued collection.

Click the Search page on the archive menu for free text searching of our online catalogues. You can filter searches by collection and date. Click the link on any item you wish to view on a hit list and this will give you the full details and reference number for that record. Alternatively, if you know the exact reference number already, you can enter this in the appropriate box (make sure you include all digits, spaces, etc.).