Windrush Stories

2018 celebrates 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex carrying hundreds of people from the Caribbean. With Windrush Stories, the British Library invites online visitors to consider a longer, more complicated and ongoing relationship between Britain and the Caribbean.

1000 Londoners was approached by the British Library to be a part of Windrush Stories. Today, we are proud our latest season ‘Windrush Generations’ is a part of the Windrush Stories learning resource.

Click here to see ‘Windrush Generations’: 1000 Londoners on the British Library Windrush Stories pages

‘Windrush Generations’ is a series of short film portraits showing the lives of five generations of Londoners with Caribbean heritage. You’ll hear from Kenny Lynch, the comedian and singer who was born in the East End in 1938 and toured with The Beatles; Dame Jocelyn Barrow, knighted for her achievements in race-relations; teacher Sara Burke, who led the 2018 protest about the treatment of the Windrush generation; and Breyanna, a teenager who aspires to one day run in the Olympics.

You can discover the films on this website, our YouTube channel, Facebook and now at the British Library website.

Have fun exploring the ‘Windrush Generations’!



Kenny, Londoner #311, the opening film in ‘Windrush Generations’.


Posted by:   /  22nd Jan, 2019