Celebrating the legacy of the Windrush this Black History Month

Sutton House Windrush School Workshops 2018

2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush’s most famous journey, when it brought around 800 passengers from the Caribbean who were invited to the UK to help fill the jobs that were left unoccupied after the war.

Black people have been living in the UK for at least 2000 years, but the Windrush arrival is often thought to be the beginnings of a more diverse UK, like the one we live in today. 

Those who were invited to the UK between 1948 and 1971 are often referred to as the Windrush Generation, and ‘windrush’ is often used as short hand for immigration from the West Indies.

To celebrate this important anniversary, Sutton House is hosting an exhibition about the Windrush throughout the 500 year old house, that for many years was home to Huguenot refugees from France. The Huguenot refugees are often considered to be the first example of mass immigration to the UK.

Meet some of the passengers who travelled on the Empire Windrush in 1948, and learn about some of their experiences when they arrived here. The exhibition also features memories and recollections from our Recycled Teenagers, our over 55s community group who were formerly known here at Sutton House as the Hackney Caribbean Elders.

The interactive exhibition will be used with local school groups to teach them about Black history, and the important legacy of the Windrush and those who sailed in her. Almost 2000 school children will experience the Windrush exhibition in workshops led by facilitator Leah Cadogan.

Exhibition open from the 1st October - 16th November (Wednesday - Sunday, except 24th - 28th October)