The project

The Expectations project aims to increase public awareness and access to the archive collection of black British community leaders taken by photographer Neil Kenlock. The photographs in this collection covers two decades, from the 1960s to the 1970s, giving a unique insight to the lives and experiences of first generation, African Caribbean leaders who settled in UK and influenced the community in Lambeth, and the surrounding boroughs.

This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and their players for supporting us. Without their support this project would not have been possible.

Our Aims

The project will explore ‘Leadership Culture’ – uncovering the lives of black community leaders who lived, worked or influenced Lambeth and the wider society during this period.The project will identify and highlight specific people, addressing gaps in historic records as well as creating new biographies.

The photographer

Neil Kenlock spent the early part of his career working as a freelance and staff photographer for West Indian World newspaper, and other outlets. He took photos of his local community, ranging from campaigners to icons to everyday people. He also captured great moments of celebration and campaigning, which he describes as wanting to take ‘strong’ photos of his community. Today Neil is known for his powerful ‘KEEP BRITAIN WHITE’ photo, which is a stark reminder of the challenges his community experienced during the 60s and 70’s. To learn more about Neil’s work, visit

The Expectations Exhibition

Neil’s daughter Emelia Kenlock uses a rare selection of photos that tell the compelling story of African and Caribbean leaders, who are unsung heroes of British history. For the first time you will be able to experience a photography building ‘takeover’ at the Black Cultural Archives, seeing images of key community members such as Olive Morris and Darcus Howe.

Learn more information on the exhibition here.