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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 at the start of 2021 at Chelmsford and Basildon libraries and we are excited to now continue the tour at Colchester and Loughton.


The exhibition's first port of call is Colchester Library 19 November to 17 December 2021.
See the event here.


It will then sail to Loughton Library between 4 January and 31 January 2022.
See the event here.


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.