Trip To Tilbury Docks – Saturday 20th July 2019

As part of our current heritage project The Story Of Windrush Migrants, Learning Through The Arts organised a field trip to Tilbury Docks, the port where the Windrush Migrants marking the first wave of post-war migration to the UK from the Caribbean.

A group, including volunteers of this Windrush Project and LTTA staff visited the London International Cruise Terminal to have a guided tour of the site and learn more about the Migrant’s arrival.

On this day, Tilbury Carnival was also taking place, a reinstated tradition of Tilbury’s local history. As part of the festivities of the Tilbury Carnival , there were Steel and Brass band performances, Dance groups and Choirs ensembles. The carnival procession arrived at the Dock to kick start the programme of activity.

This trip provided the opportunity for our volunteers/ and participants to see first-hand where the Windrush Generation would have arrived, the first arrival of post-war migration to the UK from the Caribbean.

Volunteers for the Tilbury Riverside Project provided a guided tour of the site, providing lots of new information on the history of the arrival of  Migrants and local History in Tilbury. They also included lots of interesting Trivia surrounding the Dock and the Windrush arrivals. We got to walk the same steps as those that would have travelled on the Ship.

This aspect of the the project was such an important marker to reaches people of different age groups and backgrounds across Brent. It gave people the skills to learn, interpret and connect to the heritage of Windrush Migrants in a new way.