Windrush Events

Black Cultural Archives 

Black Cultural Archives is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. 

You can explore their collections online here and learn more about the Windrush Generations in Lambeth. 

Explore the War to Windrush Exhibition online here. 


Windrush events 

There is a lot going on this Windrush Day and we’ve compiled a list of organisations that we know are doing an event to celebrate. 

Windrush Foundation Zoom events – 5pm & 8pm:Windrush presentations, poetry, readings, music, Q&A.  A review of key events that affected the Caribbean community over the years and a look to the future. 

Live Panel – WindRush Hour: Live panel featuring artists from State of Trust’s Remembering Windrush project hosted by journalist and broadcaster Terry Baddoo. 

Generations Dreaming: Geraldine Connor Foundation (Leeds) – interviews, poetry readings and musical performances.  

Live Panel Discussion – Royal Museums Greenwich (London)at 4pm: HMT Empire Windrush and British nationality laws – discussion will delve into the legislative changes made from 1948 to today on who can call themselves a British citizen.   At 6pm Before Windrush: Commercial travel and migration before 1948 – panel discussion that dispels he myth that immigration in Britain from the Caribbean ‘began’ in 1948. 

Windrush Day lecture: Where are we Now – Serendipity UK (Leicester): Keynote presentation from Professor Stephen Small that will contextualise Windrush, explore where we are now and look at the next steps. 

Windrush Presence 2020 – Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (Brighton):event includes a talk from Patrick Vernon: social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian followed by panel discussion and performances. 

Can You Poet presents “Windrush: Homecoming, Betrayal and the Hostile Environment", Saturday 20 June,18:00 – 20:00: Spoken word all around race, immigration and diasporic identities, vital in discussions about the Windrush, featuring a talk by a guest 

Windrush Foundation Celebrate Windrush Day, Monday 22 June, 17:00 – 19:00 & 20:00 – 22:00: Windrush Commemorative event featuring presentations, poetry, readings, music, Q&A, presented by the Windrush Foundation

Geraldine Connor Foundation presents “Generations Dreaming”, Monday 22 June 2020, 19:00 – 21:00: Celebrate National Windrush Day with a special online event.  Through interviews, poetry readings and musical performances, KhadijahIbrahiim and Emily Zobel Marshall will take you on a journey to celebrate the impact that the Windrush Generation has had and continues to have on Britain. 


Further Reference Resources 

National Archives 

The National Archives has papers and documents in their collection which relate directly to Empire Windrush. They also have online teaching resources entitled ‘Bound for Britain’, exploring the experiences of immigration to the UK between 1948 and 1970. 

British Library  

The British Library online resource, based around their Windrush Collection, can be found on their website. The online resource is curated around the theme of explorations of race, migration & culture. They also have additional teaching resources available. 

The following list of websites are further resources to explore topics around Windrush, the Windrush Generation, Windrush Celebrations and the Windrush Scandal. 

This is not a definitive list and should be used as suggestions and an aid to help being searching and finding all the resources, opinion and archives collections.