The Archive offers a display of 40-plus years of cultural history. Who did what, why, when and to what effect. More than an absorbing archive: also a do-it-yourself kit to contribute to future cultural initiatives; covering events created by the Black-E as well as the work of visiting artists.

Sakoba - African Dance Drama - 1990/93/94/95
Sakoba was founded in 1987 by Bode Lawal (dancer and choreographer) and Ola Adeniran (musician and writer).  Sakoba is Yoruba for 'new dawn''  or 'new beginnings'.  The name reflects the Compnay's commitment to creating new work in Briatin drawing on traditional African sources, developing character and creativity  within African dance in the UK and promoting the tradition of story telling theatre. Read More
22-06-2018 1 day 4 hours ago
Sally Morris
Sally Morris came to work at Blackie in 1971 and, apart from a year off to do a film course, remained until 2012. Sadly for the Black-E, her partner Kevin, and all her family and friends she died in May 2012. At the bottom of this page you will find a slide show which was created for her funeral. Working with Young People Read More
19-05-2014 1 day 12 hours ago
Celebrating Ed Murphy's Life - 6th Oct 2017 02-07-2018 1 week 1 day ago
Edward Murphy OBE
Ed Murphy friend, supporter, volunteer and Chair of the Trustees from   ?? to his death in October 2016. As can be seen from the obituary below much of Ed's life took place in meetings and offices but reviewing our Photographic Archive it can be seen that he took part in or attended numerous events at the Blackie, particularly in the days when his work load was less. Read More
16-10-2017 2 weeks 3 days ago
African Connections - 1992 -1997 02-12-2017 3 weeks 1 day ago
African Connections - The Batiks -1992-1997
The Idea:  African Connections was a project which explored the links between traditional African dances and contemporary social dances.  It led to the creation and exhibition of 24 Batiks plus the creation of 24 flick books illustrating the chosen dances.. Read More
02-12-2017 3 weeks 1 day ago
Irie! dance theatre - 1992 & 1993
IRIE! dance theatre - Background Read More
09-06-2018 4 weeks 3 days ago
Irie! the black spirit - Review by Bill Harpe
Saltaire Dance is no more than a virtually undetectable small blip on the profile of the recently established National Curriculum for schools. It can surely only be because this Curriculum has been created by a non-dancing quango. Read More
18-06-2018 4 weeks 3 days ago
Educational Darts - 17/18th March 1971
This was the Blackie's second piece of model theatre on the education system - the first in 1970 was "Education for All". Read More
11-07-2017 5 weeks 2 days ago
Bill Harpe
Bill Harpe (choreographer, dancer and games creatrer) was a co-founder of The Blackie (now The Black-E). He started work in 1968 and, apart from the odd sabbatical few months and an 18th months job share at the GLC with Wendy Harpe, he is still working there. Working With Young People Read More
07-11-2012 7 weeks 1 day ago
(09) Towards A Definition Of Community - Autumn 1972
    Read More
25-06-2016 1 year 44 weeks ago
(10) We Can Work It Out - Summer 1973 25-06-2016 1 year 44 weeks ago
(11) Play Away - Spring 1974
      Read More
05-07-2016 1 year 44 weeks ago
(12) United Artists present The Inside Job - Autumn 1978
      Read More
05-07-2016 1 year 44 weeks ago
(13) Still Crazy After All These Years - Summer/Autumn Winter '81 Spring '82 27-10-2017 33 weeks 6 days ago
(14) Home Is Where The Art Is - Summer/Autumn 1982
        Read More
05-07-2016 38 weeks 5 days ago
(15) Weave A Space For You - Spring into Summer 1983
  To read the content click on the numbers below and enlarge the image Read More
05-07-2016 38 weeks 5 days ago
(16) (The Blackie) Still In One Peace - Autumn/Winter 83/84
    Read More
06-07-2016 38 weeks 5 days ago
(17) Branching Out - Summer/Autumn 1984 06-07-2016 38 weeks 5 days ago
(18) Exchange & Mart since 1968 - Dec. 1985
  To read the contents click on the numbers below, and click on the image to enlarge it. Read More
06-07-2016 38 weeks 5 days ago

Here we provide various ways to view, organise and filter items and events that can be found in the Archive.

Click on "Introduction" to read about the kinds of things archived in that section of the site.

Click on "Recent Updates" to view archive items ordered by the date they were added to the Archive or by when content was updated.

Click on "Alphabetical List" to sort the list of items alphabetically.

As you navigate through the site by selecting from the categories and sub-categories these lists will be filtered to contain items relevant only to that section of the site.

You may also filter the lists by using the filters provided to the right of the lists.