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Windrush 75: The Journey

The Journey

Gal Dem. This is how to talk to your Caribbean grandparents about their Windrush immigration stories.
Sharon Frazer-Carroll

Sharon Frazer-Carroll gives us a step-by-step guide for finding out information from your Windrush generation relatives that you never thought they would tell you.

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English Heritage website – The Story of Windrush
The history and impact of the people who characterised mass migration in Britain.

Colin Grant is a historian and author of a number of books, including Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation. In this article, he shares recollections from some of the people who came to Britain in the 1940s and 50s.

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Windrush Foundation Pioneers

The Windrush Foundation website provides a great resource for those seeking more information on many Windrush-related topics, including articles, events, news and media, a heritage hub, and lots more.”

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Windrush Foundation Pioneers

This short video gives respect, honour and a voice to those Melinated Windrush veterans who served as members of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War Two and shares their experiences. Rare and well captured testimonials with recorded footage and photos from that era are beautifully presented.

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David Harewood OBE delivers the 2023 Richard Dimbleby Lecture.

Acclaimed actor David Harewood OBE delivers the 2023 Richard Dimbleby Lecture. On the 75th anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving in this country, David explores the challenges that were overcome by his parents’ generation and considers their legacy through his own personal journey of self-identity, as well as how they have shaped and inspired a new generation.

Hear the full lecture – 1hr – visitors will need to have signed up to BBC site.


Lost in The Echo: Understanding racial echoes within psychotherapy:
Dwight Turner

Dr. Dwight Turner shares with us a client’s experience of leaving the Caribbean as a girl and the racial echoes and mimicry that’s experienced.

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Pride and Prejudice: West Indian Men in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain

Marcus Collins expresses some generalised facts about the journey from the Caribbean to Britain in the mid-twentieth Century and some of the challenges experienced along the way.

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An e-book by The Conversation – Windrush 75

Read how from the National Windrush Museum provides a testament to The Windrush generation and how a resilient Caribbean community made a lasting contribution to British society. It provides a well-rounded, historically holistic account.

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Telling Her a Story”: Remembering Trauma in Andrea Levy’s Writing Author: Ole Birk Laursen

Ole Birk Laursen shares Andrea Levy’s words and explores the impact of post-war West Indian migration to Britain since 1948. The migration was accompanied by a desire to forget the traumatic histories of slavery and colonial subordination by reflecting on the mental health aspects of these generations.

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Sent by Fiona Beckford – Sisters Donna & Fiona Beckford 1975





Sent in by Sharon Bond – 1964: Christmas in Hackney.

“My sisters and I are in the height of fashion at that time as we showed off our bloomers, which were to be worn below the hemline of our dresses.”


Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature (Caribbean Studies Series) Hardcover – 30 July 2015
by J. Dillon Brown

Beyond Windrush stands out as the first book to reexamine and redefine the writing of this crucial era. Its fourteen original essays make clear that in the 1950s there was already a wide spectrum of West Indian men and women–Afro-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean, and white-creole–who were writing, publishing, and even painting. This collection offers new readings of canonical authors (Lamming, Roger Mais, and Andrew Salkey); hitherto marginalized authors (Ismith Khan, Elma Napier, and John Hearne); and commonly ignored genres (memoir, short stories, and journalism).

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Black and British: An Illustrated History
By David Olusoga (Author), Jake Alexander (Illustrator)

Award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga uses illustrations by Jake Alexander and Melleny Taylor to make learning British history for children both fun and educational. A must for any home, school or church library.

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