Battersea Arts Centre are custodians of the Wandsworth Collection, which holds over 11,000 objects. 

Like many museum collections, we have found it is under representative of Black history. In our work as BAC Moving Museum, we are interested in developing collection guidelines that actively addresses this, and invite our community to form part of this conversation. We will be testing out different ways to do this. 

As of October 2018, we want to shine a light on a figure who has played a crucial part in our building and this Borough's history: John Archer, who was elected as first black mayor of a London borough in our building in 1913.

We are seeking to find 10 objects connected to John Archer and his story, which will form part of our permenant collection, and be accessible to our communities for years to come. 

Do you have an object relating to John Archer you could donate?

Do you have other objects which tell important stories from our borough's history, which foreground figures from groups traditionally underrepresented in Museum collections?

If so, we want to hear from you! Please contact Lucy on

NB: Our collection guidelines are still in process. At present we are not receiving general donations to the collection, but seeking to collect around identified gaps in our collections to collect around, such as this one.