Message from H. E. Seth George Ramocan, CD High Commissioner for...

The commemoration of this important anniversary provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the close to five hundred Caribbean migrants who arrived, settled and provided well needed assistance in the rebuilding of a post-war Great Britain. At the same time,...

Windrush welcome from the editor Joy Sigaud

It’s one year since National Windrush Day was announced to commemorate the first wave of people who arrived on the SS Empire Windrush. Since that time thousands have ventured to Britain and now have a...

WINDRUSH: The Story of Modern Britain

Seventy-one years ago, on 22 June 1948, passengers disembarked from the MV Empire Windrush, docked at the Port of Tilbury, carrying with them the hopes and dreams of a generation.  Although those on...

I’m honoured that as one of my final acts of being...

I am honoured that as one of my final acts of being Prime Minster of this great nation; is to support the first National Day Windrush Celebrations, which I announced last year...

This year we celebrate the 71 years since the arrival of...

This wave of mass migration is an important part of our nation's historical narrative. It tells the story of post-war Britain and the people who were instrumental in helping our country rebuild following the destruction of WWII.   

The Windrush scandal is not over, and we must all keep...

The bond between the Windrush generation and all of us is unbreakable. In June 1948, the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury with over a thousand people on board, mainly from the Caribbean. Responding to a Commonwealth...

Baroness Floella Benjamin on coming to England

Baroness Floella Benjamin arrived in Britain in 1960 from Trinidad, and considers herself part of the Windrush generation. Here she describes her first impressions of a new country, as well as her struggles against racism and...

They duly and loyally responded to the “mother country”, many having...

As the rebuilding of Britain, following the end of World War 2, gathered pace, the need for skilled workers and personnel prompted the British government to reach out to places like the West Indies to invite...

The Murder That Changed A Nation

Stuart Lawrence, former secondary school teacher and younger brother of Stephen Lawrence has introduced three short films for the BBC Teach programme for GCSE aged students with these personal thoughts about his brother’s death and its impact on British...

POST WINDRUSH FEARS CONTINUE – Owen Haisley’s Story

Holstered in a van, he was minutes away from being put on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Jamaica when his lawyer’s last-ditch application to the Windrush scheme saw his removal postponed. His ordeal...

Windrush: Portraits of a Generation

Jim Grover On a Thursday evening in June I pushed through a large brown swing door and stepped, somewhat apprehensively, into a large clubroom filled with West Indian men, playing dominoes.  The...

Windrush Moving Forward – Jamaica Continues To Stand With The...

Hosted by His Excellency Mr Seth George Ramocan  at the  Jamaica High Commission in London, Senator Johnson Smith gave an encouraging talk on  a number of topics pertinent to the diaspora whilst outlining policies, existing and...

AFRO-CARIBBEANS CALLED TO LOBBY PARLIAMENT

The people of our community often complain about racism. Rightly so. But do we make demands on our decision makers on a collective basis? We could lobby but we don’t. Google...

Windrush Pioneers and Champions – Book Review and Resource Pack for...

The Windrush Foundation was founded in 1996 by the late Sam B. King and Arthur Torrington CBE  to honour the first wave of British subjects who arrived on the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948 and to  promote good...

Fashion & Windrush Voyage, Hope, and Popping Style

In the run-up to the Windrush anniversary the vintage images of the men and women arriving in Britain, encapsulated the hopes and expectations of thousands of people who left the Caribbean in search of a better...

Andrea Levy’s Epic “Small Island” Receives Standing Ovation at the National...

Although we would have liked to see Hortense' character given the same depth of recognition and understanding as Queenie it cannot be denied that little literary expense has been spared in bringing this sweeping tale to the stage.

Prostate Cancer – Together we can beat this

Actor Rudolph Walker tells us about his Caribbean roots and passion for the cause  What do you know about prostate cancer?  My awareness of prostate cancer is really something very...

Black Cultural Archives, Who Are We?

Established in 1981 and situated in its iconic building in Brixton’s Windrush Square since 2014, Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is the only national repository of Black history and culture in the UK.   The...

Baroness Floella Benjamin on coming to England

Baroness Floella Benjamin arrived in Britain in 1960 from Trinidad, and considers herself part of the Windrush generation. Here she describes her first impressions of a new country, as well as her struggles against racism and...

Windrush Magazine 2019

Since June 1948,  thousands have ventured to Britain to explore the possibilities of a new life and now these pioneers have  a legacy and a place they call home. Whilst we appreciate and acknowledge the struggles...

Windrush Generation: Our Family History

The countries at which passengers embarked were Trinidad, Jamaica, Bermuda and Mexico. Children travelled as part of the family unit of which they numbered 86 ranging from infant to aged 12 years old. Some passengers made...

Nazerone (Neddie) Howells – A life dedicated to Britain and the...

Nazerone (Neddie) Howells arrived in the UK from Trinidad to train as a nurse at Cross Houses Hospital near Shrewsbury.  After living a life of dedicated service to the NHS spanning 40 plus years; she talks to...

Windrush: Who exactly was on board?

The former passenger liner's journey up the Thames on that misty June day is now regarded as the symbolic starting point of a wave of Caribbean migration between 1948 and 1971 known as the "Windrush generation".

How Caribbean migrants helped to rebuild Britain

When the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury from the Caribbean on 22 June 1948, Britain, with its new reforming Labour government, was a country short of workers. Men and women were needed to rebuild an economy weakened by...

Back to My Own Country: An essay by the late Andrea...

I remember a journey I took on a London bus when I was a young girl. It was in the early 1960s. The bus was full of people and one of them was a black man....

WINDRUSH: SIMPLY THE BEST

To commemorate the seventieth first anniversary of the African and Caribbean presence in post-war Britain, STEPHEN BOURNE, author of the award-winning Black in the British Frame – The Black Experience in British Film & Television (2001),...

Black LGBTQ histories, the Caribbean and Britain: the life of Patrick...

I am passionate about exploring and documenting histories which broaden our understanding of both what we consider Black British history and what we consider LGBTQ history. My recent research working in partnership with Dr Caroline Bressey...

WINDRUSH: A LASTING LEGACY OF SERVICE

The African and Caribbean War Memorial at Windrush Square in Brixton tells the story of the long involvement of African and Caribbean people in British military service.   This...

In praise of the Windrush generation – culture heroes!

One phrase we hear a lot in our work at the museum, from children and grandchildren of the Windrush Generation, when they need to know important family or cultural information but a...

From the SS Windrush to Croydon: the life of Alex Elden

The late Alex Elden made a rich contribution both to London’s black community   Alex Elden, a member of the Royal Airforce from 1944, and a passenger on the SS Empire Windrush on...

Reflections as a Child of Windrush Generation

If the 16 year old Maxie Hayles arrived in Birmingham today, he would certainly have a culture shock, but he would find himself in a much better environment for Caribbean people than...

James Berry – To Travel This Ship

The arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in June 1948 at Tilbury Dock marked the beginning of post-war mass migration. The ship made an 8,000 mile journey from the Caribbean to London with 492 passengers on board...

Why We Should Celebrate Windrush Day

Windrush Day is now officially recognised nationwide and within the Caribbean community, particularly for first and second generation citizens, June 22nd is a day of importance, as it was the first time Commonwealth citizens from...

Red, White and Blue Feathers in the Summer Rain

The Windrush generation have reinvigorated the annual summer Carnival season in the UK. Over the past 50 years of growing community integration, Carnival has it has become something uniquely British.  Caribbean Carnival is...

Windrush – one chapter in a longer story

In the beginning was the Windrush. That is how the story is usually told – a tale of arrival, of racism and rejection, yet ultimately transformation, the ‘irresistible rise of multiracial Britain’, as the subtitle of the...

A Tribute To Mrs Constance Nembhard who began teaching in Jamaica...

My relationship with Mrs Nembhard goes back over 40 years. She was my Primary school teacher in my adolescent years. She taught me and my fellow class mates for four consecutive years, from the age of 7...

Caribbean Women and the NHS

The NHS was established in post-war England to tackle the major social and economic problems of the day, including ill-health and disease. Following the destruction caused by the Second World War and labour shortages in England,...

Video Interview with WWII Veteran the late Sam King

The Late World War II veteran Sam King – originally from the West Indies – talks about his experiences in the Royal Air Force A Jamaican immigrant who co-founded the Notting Hill Carnival and...

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Windrush Day – Caribbean Activity Day

Jun 22, 2019 Free admission An activity day bringing together elders who contributed to...

Windrush Luton 2019 by Revd Jo Burke

A joyful celebration of the Windrush generation, their stories and contributions to Britain. With a steel pan...

Film “The Story of Sam King MBE” the founder of the...

Sat, 22 June 2019 14:00 – 15:00 The Black Heroes Foundation are showing their film "The Story of Sam...

Tracing Your Windrush Roots @Lambeth College

10 years ago Adrian embarked on a journey of discovery to trace his family tree and reclaim his heritage. The conversations...

Before and After Windrush: 350 Years of Black People in Lambeth

A free exhibition to celebrate the presence of Black communities in the borough over the last 350 years.  Hosted at Lambeth Town...

National Windrush Day of Action

Join us at the African Caribbean Centre on 22 June for a series of events to mark the National Windrush Day...