Windrush Day.

22 June is Windrush Day, a nationwide event to celebrate and commemorate nearly half a million people who moved from the Caribbean to Britain between 1948 and 1970. They and their descendants have made a major contribution to the social, economic, political and cultural heritage of this country - today many are at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, helping to save lives and keep vital services going.

Although the pandemic has forced the cancellation of public events to mark Windrush Day, Merton Heritage Service has produced these online resources, to help you to celebrate the Windrush Generation and our borough's Caribbean community.

 

A Message from the Mayor of Merton.

 

Councillor Janice Howard, Mayor of Merton

 

As Mayor of Merton, I would like to add my voice to the many sending best wishes to the Windrush Community for the 2020 celebrations. I can still remember the celebrations of last year and how proud I was to be able to participate.

The Windrush generation have made extraordinary contributions to the British community and their legacy carries on. On Windrush Day 2020, I celebrate their immense and ongoing contribution.

The global pandemic means that celebrations cannot be held as they were last year but the creative approach to this year’s celebration is commendable given the importance of the contributions made.

Please support Merton Heritage Service is its efforts to highlight the vital role of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. If you can help, please email photos of key workers and members of the Caribbean community to: local.studies@merton.gov.uk

Councillor Janice Howard, Mayor of Merton 

 

 

Windrush Displays.

Wartime Courage.

From the Caribbean to the UK.

Empire Windrush.

Windrush: The Arrival.

The NHS (1 )

The NHS (2 )

Windrush display

Click the links to view this Merton heritage display.

London Transport.

London Transport Recruitment posters.

Mitcham Cricket.

Local Politics.

West Indian Friends & Families Association

 

Windrush arrivals

Remembering the Windrush arrivals.

Panash Steel Band, Windrush Day 2019

Windrush Day 2019: A Retrospective

 

Kite Day in the Caribbean

Decorate a kite for Windrush Day.

 

Reminiscence Materials.

We have put together a range of themed material to trigger discussion of Caribbean heritage and life in the UK since 1948. This is designed to help you to share your memories with friends, family or carers. Click on the links below to access the different topics.

 

Windrush films

The Windrush Experience Explained ( film )

Windrush: Narrated by Lenny Henry

 

 

 

West Indian family, 1950s

Housing Reminiscence

Work Reminiscence

Leisure Reminiscence

Music Reminiscence

Fashion Reminiscence

Passengers on the Empire Windrush, 1948

Click on the link below to read the personal accounts of Windrush passengers

 

Windrush Puzzles.

Caribbean nurse 1950s

Windrush Word Search

Word search answers

Caribbean islands

Caribbean Island Quiz

Caribbean Islands Quiz Answers

Empire Windrush, 1948

Windrush Quiz

Windrush Quiz Answers

 

Windrush Words & Music.

Lord Kitchener, Calypso singer

London is the Place for Me ( lyrics )

1948 arrivals (newsreel )

Lord Kitchener performance

Merton Music Foundation Windrush songs

Merton Music Foundation: Windrush

MMF Windrush Day Songs

Poet, John Agard

John Agard, poet

"Windrush Child" by John Agard

 

A Taste of the Caribbean.

We have gathered a collection of recipes to help you to share some Caribbean flavours with your family and friends.

Click on the links to view the recipes.

Jamaican Goat Curry

Savoury dishes:

Rice and Peas

Brown Stew Chicken

Saltfish Patties

Jamaican Lamb or Goat Curry

Black Cake

Sweet dishes:

Black Cake

Pineapple Cake

 

 

Sorrel punch

Drinks:

Sorrel Punch

Windrush Cocktail

 

Please help us by completing our Windrush Day Survey.

By completing our evaluation survey, you can help us to assess the success of our online Windrush Day resources.

This will also help us to prioritise service developments in 2021. Click on the link to access the Windrush Day survey.

 

View our Windrush Display and share your photos for posterity.

Between 20 June and 3 July we will be staging a small Windrush display in the ground floor windows of Morden Library. This will highlight the role of the Windrush Generation as key workers and is intended to be viewed from Crown Lane and the Civic Centre forecourt in the interests of public health. Please ensure that you maintain social distancing of 2m when viewing the display.

Please note - the library display is intended as a taster for larger events and activities planned for Black History Month in October 2020 ( subject to the easing of current lockdown restrictions. )

We are keen to add more photos of Merton's Caribbean community to the Merton Heritage Centre archives.

If you have images that you are happy to share with us, please email them to: local.studies@merton.gov.uk    or post them to Merton Heritage Centre.

We are happy to scan and return original images where required.