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
- Exhibition: Windrush Legends and Legacy
- Activities to Make and Do
- Windrush Reading List
- Additional Learning Resources
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)
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:
- Panel 1: Introduction (PDF, 476KB)
- Panel 2: 1945 to 1965 (PDF, 1MB)
- Panel 3: 1965 to 1975 (PDF, 1MB)
- Panel 4: 1975 to 1987 (PDF, 1MB)
- Panel 5: 1987 to 2008 (PDF, 1MB)
- Panel 6: Windrush Generation Art and Celebration by Alex Pascall OBE (PDF, 2MB)
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.
Activities to Make and Do
- Make your own Dominoes Game (PDF, 622KB)
- Write Your Own Postcard Activity (PDF, 228KB)
- Althea McNish Printing Craft (PDF, 275KB)
- A Long Journey - What's in your Suitcase (PDF, 307KB)
- Windrush Quiz (PDF, 151KB)
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.
- 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)
- 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)
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.
- Windrush Foundation - Education Pack - KS2 (external link - PDF, 14MB)
- Windrush Learning Resource - The Geraldine Connor Foundation (external link)
- British Library - Windrush Stories teaching pack (KS1 and KS2) (external link)
- Black Cultural Archives (external link)
- Goldsmiths, University of London Online Records (external link)
- Windrush Day (external link)
- Windrush Foundation (external link)
- George Padmore Insitute (external link)
- New Beacon Books (external link)
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