Windrush Day, 22 June, marks the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks on the Thames estuary, bringing workers from the Caribbean islands as a response to labour shortages in the UK. The ship carried 492 passengers – many of them children.
A programme of local events as part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival will discuss how Caribbean men and women built their lives in Britain and how their contributions to the community have assisted the development of a more inclusive society.
Exhibition: Harry Jacobs, Photographer to the Windrush Generation
Weekdays 9am to 6pm Lambeth Town Hall
Harry Jacobs was the photographer of choice for Caribbean families coming to Brixton from the 1950s. His portraits with their distinctive backdrop decorated thousands of South London mantelpieces. This free exhibition of his work documents the experiences of an entire generation.
Black Cultural Archives
Saturday and Sunday 22-23 June
Visit the Black Cultural Archives to celebrate Windrush and the Windrush generations. Events will take place over the weekend and beyond, including an exclusive exhibition celebrating the Windrush Generation with portraits by award- winning photographer Robert Golden, archive video and audio in digital format for the first time.
Opening on 28 May is a new exhibition of the work of Black Panther official photographer Neil Kenlock. It documents the struggles and hopes of the Windrush Generation and also celebrates black experience in the UK.
Full review here
The exhibition runs from 28 May – 30 June 2019 in Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ, Tel: 020 7926 1058
Winston Nzinga – Windrush storytelling
22-23 June, Brixton library
Old time stories come back again. Come and join in the fun at Brixton library. Play a drum, a shaker or bell. Listen and sing along with Winston Nzinga recounting Caribbean folk stories with music and song from the Windrush Generation. A lively, interactive storytime, where you will hear and be entertained by traditional tales. Ages 5 years and above.