Windrush Day: Welcome, poetry and film

Saturday 22 Jun 2019 11:10 AM - 11:50 AM
An image of Jamaican immigrants arriving at Tilbury Dock in 1948 on the Empire Windrush.

Windrush Day: Welcome, poetry and film


For Essex Cultural Diversity Project’s Windrush Day 2019, Lawrence Walker, Chair of Black History Month Colchester opened the day with a short welcome talk, introducing poetry by our special guest, poet and painter John Lyons. We also showed a short film from the Tilbury Thames Trust about their 70th anniversary celebrations.

Windrush Day in Chelmsford
Essex is the Place For Me!

Saturday 22 June 

This event was part of our Windrush Day celebrations at Essex Record Office on 22 June, when we invited all to join us to discuss issues relating to Windrush, and also celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture with a whole day of food, music, dance, poetry and art. There was live music from the Phase 5 Steelpan Band, food from Jerk Station, plus a programme of exciting talks and films, a family drop-in workshop and a pop-up exhibition. The event was hosted by our compere, Lawrence Walker, Chair of Black History Month Colchester.

Read about the whole day’s programme here

Here are some photo highlights (from our Flickr image archive):

Windrush Day 2019

The day was supported through the Government’s Windrush Day Grant Scheme to support communities to commemorate and celebrate the outstanding contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. 50 community groups and local authorities across the country used the funding to lead school projects, street parties, exhibitions, talks and workshops to recognise and honour the immense legacy of those who stepped ashore at Tilbury Docks over 70 years ago.


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