June 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of Windrush. Bringing the first wave of Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948, this momentous historical event was the beginning of the mass immigration movement in the UK that resulted in an estimated 172,000 West Indian born people living in the UK by 1961; the ‘Windrush Generation’.
The arrival of Windrush was instrumental in initiating multi-cultural Britain. GCF and partner organisations have been exploring the significant contribution the Windrush Generation made to the UK culturally and economically, how society has changed with the influences of immigration, and how it continues to change today by the people who live and work here.
From November 2017 until June 2019, GCF will work with young people through weekly sessions to understand the story of Windrush. Work developed during the first half of this project culminated in a production, Sorrel & Black Cake, that was performed on 22nd and 23rd June 2018 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Windrush.
Digital teaching resources exploring Windrush have now been created, which will be presented by the young people in education, community and public settings and distributed widely through social media and digital networks. You can view this teaching resource here.
In June 2019 two of our Young Ambassadors, Adeline Pitu and Lulia Togara, are delivering workshops in schools across Leeds about Windrush and migration. They worked with GCF to develop the workshop and it has been a great chance for us to pass on what we have learnt through the project.
This project has been made possible through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, for which we are hugely grateful. Thanks also to all our project partner organisations; Caution Collective, Creative Learning Partnerships, Leeds Young Authors, Peepal Tree Press, Molineaux Productions and RJC Dance.