Windrush Resources

From education packs and reading lists to fun activities, the Windrush Resources page is available to everyone - schools, families and adults. Learn about and be inspired by the significant contribution the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made, and continue to make to our borough and British life beyond.

Education Pack

Explore the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948 and learn about the contribution the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made to British life, with a focus on local Haringey stories. The education pack contains a range of activities to explore with your class.

  • The pack is suitable for KS2 and KS3 pupils
  • National Curriculum Links; History, English and Citizenship

Windrush Education Pack (PDF, 966KB)

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Exhibition: Windrush Legends and Legacy, June 2019

Part of a wider exhibition held in 2019 at Bruce Castle Museum, these exhibition panels tell the stories of the commitment and contribution to democracy, education, business, culture and general life of Haringey’s black community, often with greater significance beyond. Inspired by stories from the Bruce Castle Museum and Archive collections, follow the timeline celebrating the presence, the significant contribution and the lasting impact by Haringey’s Windrush Generation and their descendants in our community, from 1945 to 2008.

You can also read an essay and poem - 'Windrush Generation Art and Celebration' - written in response to the exhibition by Alex Pascall OBE. Alex is a renowned broadcaster and campaigner who arrived from Grenada in the 1950s and has been living in Haringey ever since.

Download the panels here:

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Explore our Windrush Timeline on our Black History Haringey 365 webpages to find out more about the contribution the Windrush Generation and their descendants have made in Haringey.

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Activities to Make and Do

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Windrush Reading List

The list below includes fiction and non-fiction books, plays, and poetry about the Windrush. Titles in bold are available for loan from Haringey Libraries online catalogue. You can also join the library online.

Fiction Books

  • In Praise of Love and Children by Beryl Gilroy (1996)
  • Moon on a Rainbow Shawl by Errol John (1957)
  • Motherland: West Indian Women to Britain in the 1950s by Elyse Dodgson (1984)
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy (2004)
  • The Emigrants by George Lamming (1954)
  • The Final Passage by Caryl Phillips (1984)
  • The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon (1956)
  • This Lovely City by Louise Hare (2020)
  • Windrush Songs by James Berry (2007)

Non-Fiction Books

  • Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga (2018)
  • Black British History: New Perspectives by Hakim Adi (editor) (2019)
  • Black Britain: A Photographic History by Paul Gilroy (2007)
  • Black Teacher by Beryl Gilroy (Due July 2021)
  • Empire Windrush: Fifty Years of Writing about Black Britain by Onyekachi Wambu (1999)
  • Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands by Stuart Hall (2017)
  • Heart of the Race: Black Women's Lives in Britain by Beverly Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe (1985)
  • Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation by Colin Grant (2019)
  • Keep on Moving: The Windrush Legacy: The Black Experience in Britain from 1948 by Tony Sewell (1998)
  • London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race by Kennetta Hammond Perry (2015)
  • Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children edited by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (2018)
  • Narratives of Exile and Return by Mary Chamberlain (1997)
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of the Empire by Akala (2019)
  • Ormonde by Hannah Lowe (2014)
  • The Story of Windrush by K.N. Chimbiri (2020)
  • The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment by Amanda Gentleman (2019)
  • To Sir, With Love by E.R Braithwaite (1959)
  • Voices of the Windrush Generation by David Matthews (2018)
  • War to Windrush: Black Women in Britain 1939 to 1948 by Stephen Bourne (2018)
  • Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah (2020)
  • Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multicultural Britain by Mike Phillips and Trevor Phillips (1998)

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Additional Learning Resources

You can find lots more resources on the Windrush and the Windrush Generation for schools, and for further research by visiting the below sites.

Education Packs

Further Research

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Page last updated:

January 17, 2022