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Celebrating the achievements of the African and Caribbean communities in Westminster and the wider UK

National Windrush Day

About National Windrush Day

On Tuesday 22 June 1948, the Empire Windrush docked in the UK carrying over 500 members of the Caribbean community, who were set to begin their new lives in the UK.

The Windrush Generation are the Caribbean men and women who aided the financial reconstruction of Britain from the World War II era and beyond. The Windrush Generation included soldiers, doctors, nurses, teachers, university students, transit workers, artists, politicians, and athletes, who came to London between 1948 and 1970 upon invitation from the British Government to rebuild a nation ravaged by war.

They represent a segment of the Caribbean diaspora whose origins stem from Africa, Europe and Asia and brought the music, food and a culture, that forms a vital part of British culture today. Until recently, the contributions and experiences of the Windrush generation was not widely acknowledged or celebrated and since the uncovering of the Windrush Scandal, it is evident that we need to remember the lives and contributions of the individuals who have made a huge difference to British society in recent history.

The City of Westminster has a large Caribbean community and we take this time to celebrate the contributions made by those who took the journey to come to the UK.

Windrush Generation: Unsung Heroes' exhibition

We are proud to present a new exhibition in collaboration with Kensington and Chelsea, that honours the Windrush Generation. Through artefacts owned by residents and community organisation, Unsung Heroes will give insight to the lives, experiences and contributions of the Windrush Generation. The exhibition will be hosted at two libraries:

  • Queen’s Park Library, 666 Harrow Rd, London W10 4NE ,
    Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 22 June to Friday 29 July 2022
    Email: [email protected] 
     
  • North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ
    Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 22 June to Friday 28 October 2022  
  • Email: [email protected] 
     

Read the official exhibition booklet:

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 And Still We Rise documentary trailer

Married with archival footage depicting the historic sights and sounds they would have experienced upon their arrival, the documentary will deliver a living testimony of the first-hand experiences of ordinary people as they took an extraordinary step in their lives.

Events in Westminster

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Windrush Film Festival flyer

On Windrush Day (22nd June), our B.A.ME Staff Network hosted a film premiere that celebrates the contributions of the Windrush generation in collaboration with UNISON Westminster and the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival. 

The event, which follows on from the pre-launch in 2021, included a screening of the epic documentary film ‘And Still We Rise’, a first-hand account of the experiences of Westminster residents who arrived in Britain as part of the Windrush generation.

Following the documentary there was a brief Q&A session with Rosline Monrose, Peter Straker and Sheila Ramsey, some of the Westminster residents that featured in the documentary.

Find out more about the event

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Windrush 2022 in green and yellow text

Small Island by Andrea Levy – Talk hosted by the WCC Cultural Book Club

Tue July 26, 17:00 – 18:30

Queens Park Library (In-person attendance only) no registration required

Hear Peter Straker address Full Council

With Full Council taking place on National Windrush Day, actor, singer and Westminster resident Peter Straker, was invited to share his story.

You can watch his full speech here.  

 

 

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