22 June 2021 marks the fourth national Windrush Day. It celebrates the arrival of the passengers on board the S.S. Empire Windrush and the many other ships, and planes that brought people from their homes in the Caribbean islands to make a life in Britain and those who remained here after their service to Britain in WW2.
Exhibitions, cultural events and educational resources
Around half a million Caribbean people came to live and work in Britain between 1948 and 1971. They came to be known as the Windrush generation.
We have been awarded more than £10,000 of funding to enable a comprehensive package of exhibitions, cultural events and educational resources to be created, telling the story of the people who came to the UK from the Caribbean in the years after the Second World War. As part of the project we will be working with local people to develop exhibition materials telling the story of those who came to Leicester from the Caribbean in the years after the Second World War.
What you can expect to see
The funding from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government will be used to help create cultural and educational opportunities and encourage people to find out more about the important contribution of the Windrush generation to Leicester’s modern-day communities, to tie in with the third annual Windrush Day on June 22.
Five large display panels will be created, working with the community, for permanent display inside the African Caribbean Centre in the Highfields area. They will use archive materials which have been gathered through years of research, community engagement and partnership working with original Windrush generation migrants and their descendants, including memorabilia, first-hand accounts, and original documents.
Getting schools involved
For Windrush Celebration Day 2021, we have put together resource packs containing a collection of Windrush-themed books and activities, which will be gifted to ten city primary schools as part of the project.
Leicester Libraries offer a wide range of books and authors from around the world - you can visit your local library to browse and borrow. Or check out our specially curated Windrush eList celebrating the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants on our OverDrive page, this also includes some of the books from the schools collection.
For more information on other events taking place throughout Leicester this year for Windrush 2021, please see the links to organisations below:
Further information and resources
The following links provide further information and resources to help you explore the Windrush story.
You can also find downloadable resources at the bottom of this page.
- What is the Windrush Generation? - CBBC Newsround
- How the Windrush Generation transformed British arts and culture - BBC Bitesize
- World wars and Windrush - Empire migrants in the 20th century - Motives for migration to and from Britain - war and government - GCSE History Revision - AQA - BBC Bitesize
- Windrush stories (museumoflondon.org.uk)
- HerStory - Elvy Morton - YouTube
- Opal22 Arts and Edutainment - YouTube
- Carnival Live - Leicester Caribbean Carnival Founders and Current Chair - YouTube
- Leicester Caribbean Carnival - Story of Leicester