My Children Will Always Carry the Legacy of Windrush...  

My children will always carry the legacy of Windrush, but they and their peers are already redefining what that means in a new century. They aren’t so much chameleons, changing coats to suit the surroundings, as creatures whose coats of many hues allow those confident enough to do so to move around with greater ease than we could… Windrush is a cloak they wear as they choose, not the straitjacket it could be for my generation.” “Caribritish: me, my family and the legacy of Windrush.

Hugh Muir, The Guardian, June 7th 2018

The Windrush legacy continues to be felt both in the Caribbean and in Britain some 70 years after the vessel landed.  Descendants of the Windrush migrants continue to live in Britain contributing to British society and culture but increasingly find their sense of citizenship, security and identity – their very Britishness - threatened by remnants of political policy from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as new policies driven by ever-increasing nationalism within modern day Britain.

Meanwhile in the Caribbean, persons who have been to Britain as part of this great migration have returned home bringing valuable investment, knowledge and training or entrepreneurial activities home to the former colonies, but are still not quite at “home” with themselves. 

The full impact of the Windrush period continues to be a rich discourse on post-colonial identities. What cannot be denied however, is the continued history of entanglement between former colony and colonial master, nor the impact of this movement which was so far reaching in both the coloniser and the colonised, leaving neither unscathed nor untouched by this great movement of people.

Recruits to London Transport. Courtesy of Barbados Government Information Services
Recruits to London Transport. Courtesy of Barbados Government Information Services

I think you always need the double perspective. Before you say that you have to understand what it is like to come from that "other" place. How it feels to live in that closed world. How such ideas have kept people together in the face of all that has happened to them. But you also have to be true to your own culture of debate and you have to find some way to begin to translate between those two cultures. It is not easy, but it is necessary.

Stuart Hall

Acknowledgements

European Union

EU LAC Museums Project

University of St. Andrews

The University of the West Indies

Barbados Museum & Historical Society

 

Historical Contents and Visual Materials

Barbados Government Information Services

British Broadcasting Corporation

British Library

Dr. Henderson Carter

Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation

Mr. Claude Graham

Mr. Neil Kenlock

London Transport Museum

Reading Museum

Mr. Syd Shelton

West India Committee

West Indies Federal Archives Center

Wisden

 

Preparatory Research

Mr. Dario Forte

Ms. Rosalie Mayers

Ms. Wendy Storey

Ms. Heather Wiltshire

 

Oral Histories

Mr. Roy Campbell

Rev. Buddy Larrier

Ms. Hedda Phillips-Boyce

 

Review and Editing

Ms. Lorna Abungu

Ms. Debra Barnes-Tabora

Dr. Mary Chamberlain

Dr. Suzanne Francis-Brown

Rev. Guy Hewitt

Dr. Lennox Honychurch

Dr. Tara Inniss-Gibbs

Dr. Sherene James-Williamson

 

Equipment Loan: Fresh Milk Arts Platform

Graphic Design: Mr. William Cummins

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