Carnival Material

Collection Ref No.:

GB 2904 CVL

Date range:

1972-2006

Description

Most of this collection relates specifically to the Notting Hill Carnival in London with the exception of one part of the collection, titled The Politics, History, Art and Culture of Carnival, that relates more to Carnival in the Caribbean, especially in Trinidad, as well as to Carnival elsewhere in the world and Carnival as a general art form.

The collection comprises of the following sections:

CVL/1 Notting Hill Carnival Organisations
Correspondence, minutes and press reports relating to four Carnival organisations. This breaks down into the following series -

CVL/1/1 The Association for a People's Carnival (APC)
CVL/1/2 The Notting Hill International Carnival Committee
CVL/1/3 The Notting Hill Carnival and Arts Committee
CVL/1/4 The Notting Hill Carnival Support Group

CVL/2 Notting Hill Carnival Bands
Publicity material, correspondence, administrative documents, newsletters, publications and a costume relating to two Carnival bands. This breaks down into the following series -

CVL/2/1 The People's War Carnival Band
CVL/2/2 Lion Youth

CVL/3 Notting Hill Carnival Media and Publicity
Flyers, programmes and invitations from bands and other groups involved with Carnival, as well as press cuttings and magazines about Carnival. This breaks down into the following series -

CVL/3/1 General Publicity
CVL/3/2 1978 Carnival
CVL/3/3 Press Cuttings
CVL/3/4 Magazines

CVL/4/ The Politics, History, Art and Culture of Carnival
Items relating to the history of Carnival, especially in Trinidad; to the musical forms that developed with Carnival, especially steelband and pan music, Calypso and Kaiso and to the politics of Carnival, especially in the UK. This breaks down into the following series -

CVL/4/1 Carnival in Trinidad
CVL/4/2 Articles on the Meaning, Politics and Culture of Carnival

Admin history:

This collection has two distinct but interrelated parts: the first 3 sub-fonds (CVL/1-CVL/3) relate to Notting Hill Carnival in London, with particular emphasis on the organisations and bands formed by John La Rose's sons, Michael and Keith La Rose.The last sub-fonds (CVL/4) reflects both John and Michael La Rose's interest in the history and culture of Carnival, especially in Trinidad. The collection has largely been kept as it was found.
 
Under the first sub-fonds, Notting Hill Carnival Organisations (CVL/1), there are substantial administrative items, letters and publications relating to the Association for a People's Carnival (APC) and the Notting Hill International Carnival Committee, both of which were formed in the autumn of 1989 as a response to the organisation and policing of the 1989 Carnival. Michael La Rose and the People's War Carnival Band were very active in the formation of both of these organisations. There is also some material relating to the Notting Hill Carnival and Arts Committee and the Notting Hill Carnival Support Group.
 
Under the second sub-fonds, Notting Hill Carnival Bands (CVL/2), there is substantial material relating to The People's War Carnival Band, which was formed by Michael and Keith La Rose in 1983. There is also material relating to the band Lion Youth, formed in 1977. Members of both bands knew each other. 
 
The third sub-fonds, Notting Hill Carnival Media and Publicity (CVL/3), mostly contains press cuttings about Carnival, with particular emphasis on the 1978 Carnival and the 1989 Carnival. The 1989 cuttings were collected by John and Michael La Rose and others as part of their response to the policing of the 1989 Carnival. Some of these cuttings were published in the Association for a People's Carnival report titled Police Carnival 1989. There is also some publicity material from various years relating to other Carnival bands and to Carnival in general.
 
The title of the fourth sub-fonds, The Politics, History, Art and Culture of Carnival (CVL/4), comes from John La Rose and reflects his interest in the history of Carnival, especially in Trinidad, and in the musical forms that developed with Carnival, especially steelband and pan music, Calypso and Kaiso. The collection is wide-ranging, containing academic and journalistic articles, as well as more political publications and transcripts written by Carnival practitioners. Whilst a number of the items relate specifically to Trinidad, there are also articles about Carnival as a general art form and about specific Carnivals in other countries, including Notting Hill Carnival in the UK.

Custodial History:

Collection gifted mainly by John La Rose with some material coming from Michael La Rose. This collection is accruing.