Windrush Day 2022

22 Jun 2022

3 mins
Archive images of the Windrush Generation
Archive images of the Windrush Generation

Windrush Day (22 June) is here, celebrating 74 years since the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush - the ship that gave its name to a generation of Caribbean immigrants.

The Windrush generation are an essential part of British history who should be explored and celebrated within all classrooms. As with previous years, we wanted to mark the occasion by highlighting resources and events from some of our favourite organisations, so check that all out below.

First up, the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) has a schools section, which features Windrush Journeys history workshops for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. They have also created a Windrush: What's Next? series funded by the The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which frames the 2018 ‘Windrush Scandal' within a historical but forward facing narrative, bringing together campaigners, people affected by the Windrush Scandal, race equality practitioners, cultural historians and lawyers. 

Meanwhile, TES houses a vast range of resources for Key Stage 3 (or equivalent) and the National Archives has created a Voices of the Windrush Generation collection, which features first hand accounts from men, women and children.

In terms of local activities, 35 projects across England have been awarded funding from Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2022 and if you're in London, you can now visit a new statue in Waterloo Station, paying tribute to the thousands of people who arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries between 1948 and 1971.

Finally, as part of our ongoing passion and commitment to Teach Black History 365, we're delighted to announce a new collaboration with The Black Curriculum, which was founded in 2019 to address the lack of Black British history in the UK curriculum. They will be contributing to our Into Film+ Black History and Experiences programme, which will launch at the very beginning of the Autumn term.

Until then, articles like this and the many films, articles and resources on our Black Lives Matter theme page can help you embed Black British history and experiences in your lesson plans.

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