2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush ship to London. 539 people from the West Indies/Caribbean responded to the call from the Mother Country for labour in post war Britain.
In 2016, the Museum of Oxford formed partnerships with the Afrikan and Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative (ACKHI) and the Ber-Bedo Kelo Lonyo United Women’s Organisation (BKLUWO) to develop an exhibition project to mark the anniversary.
The exhibition was on display at the Oxford Town Hall from October 2018 to March 2019. It told the stories of people from the West Indies/Caribbean who settled in Oxford and their reflections on life in Britain since the 1950s and 1960s, through oral histories, objects, textiles, photographs and documents. It also featured a recreated Front Room based on a typical West Indian/Carribean household in Britain of the 1950s/60s.
In this community display, we feature selected objects and stories from this project.
You can find Windrush Years – Next Generations in our community displays in Gallery 1 and is available every day the Museum is open.