Windrush 75 - Join the Celebrations

Windrush 75 - Join the Celebrations

This year we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of when the SS Empire Windrush docking in Tilbury on the 22nd June 1948.

For such a momentous occasion there will be so many things to do and places to celebrate! So if you want to join in the festivities and learn more about the history here is where you need to be!

Indo + Caribbean: The Creation of a Culture - Museum of London Docklands (19 May-19 November 2023)

Explore the underrepresented history of Indian indenture in the British Caribbean and find out about how after the end of slavery, around 450,000 indians were indentured by british planters in the Caribbean. discover the personal stories and family memories from London’s Indo-Caribbean community through letters, contracts, shipping company records, postcards and papers along with photos, jewellery, film and artwork.

Windrush: A Voyage Through the Generations - Clapham Library (1 June-2 September)

A Voyage through the Generations is a wonderful photo story by the talented photographer Jim Grover. This exhibition documents the Caribbean culture and heritage from the Windrush generation here in the UK and comprises of mini stories, portraits and personal stories following different generations.

 Windrush 75 - Royal Albert Hall (9 June)

To mark the 75th anniversary of Windrush, Trevor Nelson presents a night of music to celebrate the impact of Caribbean culture on British life. Experience a variety of guest stars such as Craig David, Loose Ends, Tobago Crusoe and Salena Godden, accompanied by the Chineke! Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in this wonderful Windrush show. The concert will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

 From War to Windrush 75 - IWM London (17 June)

During an afternoon of talks and performances, hear from Leading historians, actors, broadcasters and poets including Leonie Elliott, Anthony Joseph, David Harewood, Shirley May and Bonnie Greer as they explore the Caribbean contributions to WWII along side looking at how the Windrush generation has shaped and transformed Britain as a modern multicultural society.

Windrush Day - National Maritime Museum (22 June)

Visit the National Maritime Museum on 22 June, for some exciting Windrush day celebrations including live music from a multi-school choir, Calypso dance workshops, lively Caribbean style dominos matches, Expert talks and more!

The Spirit of Windrush - National Maritime Museum (24 June)

On 24 June, head back to the National Maritime Museum for Spirit of Windrush activities. This day sees more family festival fun including live performances, vocal workshops with Hamilton actress Sharon Rose, and talks from the likes of Lin Kam Art and Evewright Studios.

Windrush 75: Radiate Festival 2023 - Burgess Park (24-25 June)

Celebrate windrush history and the generations of Caribbean culture in Britain. Over the 2 days, experience one of the most culturally diverse combination of different Black communities in the UK with experiences as you and your family enjoy flag parades, live performances and sound systems, cultural spaces, food, workshops, carnival art, the marketplace and more!

Legacies: London Transport's Caribbean Workforce - London Transport Museum (until 2024)

Learn about London Transport workers from the Caribbean. Between 1956 and 1970, many workers were recruited directly from the Caribbean to take up roles such as bus conductors and station staff on the transport network, This exhibition features memories from first, second and third generation Caribbean people who worked for London Transport or still work for Transport for London through archive photography, oral recordings, quotes from early arrivals to the UK and vintage recruiting posters. 

There is so much to do across London this windrush Day, so don’t be afraid to get stuck in the celebrations and experience the beauty of Caribbean culture!