National Windrush Day
The 15 to 30 June 2019 saw a borough-wide celebration of the arrival of the Windrush in 1948 and the legacy of the Windrush generation, with events and activities in venues across Haringey.
Through a community fund and working closely with libraries and venues across the borough, a programme of community led Windrush themed events - from talks to reminiscence cafes, to workshops for children - aimed to capture stories from the Windrush generation.
On National Windrush Day itself (22 June 2019) there was a day of celebration with events across Haringey to commemorate and celebrate the contribution the Windrush generation have made to communities in Haringey and beyond.
Cllr Blake, Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities:
Windrush Day is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the contributions of the Windrush Generation to British society.
I am proud that Haringey is leading the way in marking the occasion with an impressive programme of events - I would encourage people of all backgrounds to attend and learn more about the Windrush and its significance.
See the Windrush 2019 - List of all events (PDF, 280KB) to see what took place.
HMT Empire Windrush arrived at the Port of Tilbury on 21 June 1948 and its passengers disembarked a day later. The ship carried 492 Caribbean migrants, many of them veterans of the Second World War. The ship and its passengers have a symbolic status as the start of the Windrush Generation. The Windrush Generation denotes the people who emigrated from the Caribbean to Britain between the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948 and the Immigration Act 1971, including the passengers on the first ship.
Haringey has a proud history of welcoming migrants from all over the world to live and work here. The collection at Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive reflects a long association with diversity - a heritage reinforced with the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948. The Windrush Generation have contributed to all aspects of life in Haringey and are integral to community life in the borough helping to create a welcoming, nurturing environment for people from all over the world.
The Windrush Generation, and their descendants have made a large contribution to not only Haringey but Britain’s cultural, social and economic life.