Date issued: 9 October 2020
Colchester Castle and Black History Month Colchester are proud to be displaying a series of information panels explaining the history and narrative surrounding the Windrush generation. The seven temporary screens will be available for visitors to view from today (9 October 2020) until the end of the month, as part of its commitment to Black History Month.
The panels will investigate the life of, and ultimate discrimination against, those who travelled to the UK from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1971. MV Empire Windrush was just one ship that transported almost 500 passengers to the UK – all with the aim of solving post-war worker shortages. In total, it is estimated that around half-a-million passengers – men, women and children – came to the UK during this period. This temporary mini display tells the story of these individuals and what has become known as the Windrush generation.
Please call 01206 282939 to book tickets and your timed entry slot to Colchester Castle. The Windrush temporary information panels will be available to view as part of standard Castle admission.
Councillor Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance and Deputy Leader of the Council said: “This is an important story that forms part of our country’s history and I am delighted that the Castle is playing its part in sharing that story. The information panels are hugely insightful and well worth taking the time to see on a visit to the Castle.”
Lawrence Walker, of Black History Month Colchester, added: “We are excited about the Black History Month Colchester presentation of the Windrush exhibit in Colchester. Along with the Windrush exhibit in Colchester Castle, Black History Month Colchester has had to make a few major adjustments to the delivery of the programs and activities due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Visit bhmcolchester.co.uk for further details.”
The exhibition is supported by Colchester Borough Council’s Creative Events Fund.