Celebrating Windrush: Tracing a Living Legacy

Explore this display, co-produced with young people, celebrating 75 years since the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks with stories and photographs from the Windrush generation

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  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • John Lyon's Community Gallery, Learning Centre.

  • Families, Under 26, Schools, Teachers

  • Free event

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In 1948, the HMT Empire Windrush brought hundreds of British subjects from Jamaica and the wider Caribbean to Britain. Many arrivals were veterans who had fought for Britain, lured by the prospect of employment and a better life.

This display has been created by the V&A Windrush 75 Co-production group, a collective of young people of Caribbean heritage. Young people have chosen timeline moments, added their own reflections and added key locations in the UK which have been significantly impacted by the Windrush Generation. Dive into the intergenerational stories of the Windrush generation and their descendants and explore the waves they have made across British history and culture.

We invite you to share your own memories and experiences from the past and present. With your help, we can expand the stories we tell and build connections that transcend time as we celebrate the Windrush generation’s continued legacy.

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