The Record Store & Black Music, A UK History

2Funky Arts has been awarded a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, to explore this fascinating subject. ‘The Record Store & Black Music, A UK History’ will link in with Black History Month 2024.

So far, we have been busy training a brilliant team of volunteers and working with them on our heritage project. We’ve also been conducting weekly interviews with people who are eager to share their stories about record stores around the UK that have specialised in black music.

Are you a fan of Black music, living in the Midlands? Do you have memories of browsing, discovering new artists, or socialising in record stores, back in the day?

If so, there is still time to join this exciting heritage project. No experience is necessary.

We are looking for:

  • Volunteers in various roles
  • Interviewees- artists, record store owners, DJs, store owners, customers and anyone who has memories of UK record stores that specialised in black music from the 1950s onwards.

For more information or to get involved, please contact [email protected] or visit:

We can’t wait to hear from you!

This ground-breaking, national initiative is working in partnership with Sound/Image Research Centre (University of Greenwich, London) and Brighter Sound (Manchester).

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.