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Celebrate the Windrush Generation

Stern of the liner HMT Empire Windrush, crowded with passengers waving.
12 November 2021

On 22 June 1948, 800 Caribbean citizens arrived at Tilbury on board the Empire Windrush, pioneering the multi-cultural society and redefining what it means to be British. They were the first of half a million Commonwealth citizens who had settled in this country by 1971.


Celebrate the immense contribution the Windrush generation has made to British life, by visiting the exhibition the Essex Cultural Diversity Project has put together.


You may have seen this exhibition in 2021 at Chelmsford, Basildon and Colchester libraries. We are excited to now continue the tour at Loughton and Witham


The exhibition's next port of call is Loughton Library between 4 January and 31 January 2022
See the event here.


It will then sail to Witham Library between 11 February and 11 March 2022.


If you are interested in what else Essex Library Services has to offer regarding Windrush, check out these following links:

- Black History Month Takeover Episode of The Only Way is Reading Podcast. We discuss This Lovely City by Louise Hare. This is a murder mystery novel set around Brixton's Windrush community. Listen now.

- Many of the books on our Black History Month Booklist 2021 are about the Windrush Generation and their impact in British history. Find the list here.