Archival Activism

  • Future Histories poster

Over the past 20 years, Alda Terracciano has campaigned for the preservation and dissemination of the history of black and Asian performance in the UK. In 2001 she co-founded Future Histories, the first independent archive of African, Asian and Caribbean performing arts to overcome the state of invisibility of black arts in mainstream heritage institutions and stimulate research and creative engagement with archive material. As a result, between 2001 and 2009 she devised and curated a series of ground-breaking heritage projects and lobbied education institutions and arts organisations, as well as the heritage sector to become more inclusive in their collection, interpretation and dissemination policies.

Since 2016 she has been involved in campaigns to preserve community heritage in areas of London undergoing urban gentrification, focusing on the preservation of local intangible heritage.