The Windrush: Seasons of Migration & Settlement
The Second War World ended in 1945. A considerable portion of Britain had been destroyed by the war. In 1948, the British government called upon citizens from the Commonwealth to come and rebuild Britain. 493 passengers responded to that call and came on the ship called ‘The Windrush’.
This is the story of Windrush migrants, the first mass migration from the Caribbean to Britain.
June 22nd 1948, the day that The Windrush discharged its passengers at Tilbury Dock, has become an important landmark in the history of modern Britain. Caribbean migrants have become a vital part of British society and, in the process, transformed important aspects of British life.
In Hertfordshire, especially Stevenage, one of the new towns specifically built after WWII, the heritage of Caribbean migrants are still visible.
This project, a partnership between Learning Through The Arts, The Stevenage Museum and Basement @ Bunyan, commemorates the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush in 1948.
But most importantly, it illustrates the invaluable contributions The Windrush migrants and subsequent generations have made to Britain over the decades.
Exhibition: Stevenage Museum
27th March -27th June 2019
Exhibition: Basement @ Bunyan Tuesday 21st May – Saturday 8th June 2019
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