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Celebrate the Windrush Generation

Side view of the liner HMT Empire Windrush at sea.
25 July 2022

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 2021-22 at several of our libraries. This popular exhibition has now been extended to other venues, and will be going to Braintree Library next. It is due there between 30 July and 27 August 2022. See the event here. It will then go to Waltham Abbey Library from 1 to 29 September.

We have other Windrush resources. Check out these 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.