Windrush 75th Anniversary
Connecting our Living Cultures collections from the Caribbean with descendant communities
Manchester Museum joins the rest of the UK in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush. The Windrush ship arrived at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948. There were 1027 passengers on board according to the passenger lists, 802 who had last lived in the Caribbean, with 693 of them intending to settle in the UK, to help rebuild Britain after the Second World War.
Windrush symbolises the start of post-war Commonwealth Britain and its shift towards becoming a more multi-ethnic society. A Windrush Generation followed in its wake.
In this project, we are showcasing some of the objects from our Living Cultures collections that were gathered by anthropologists during fieldwork in the Caribbean.
We hope to talk, to remember, and to connect these objects with people of Afro-Caribbean descent or heritage in Manchester and beyond, building and strengthening relationships with our communities.
If you’d like to help us build new stories around our collections from the Caribbean, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.