Leicester’s Windrush Generation stories to be shared at community events
The stories of Leicester’s Windrush Generation will be shared in a program of community events taking place this year.
Over Â£ 10,000 in funding from the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government has been awarded to Leicester City Council for exhibitions, cultural events and educational resources to tell the stories that have shaped local communities.
The Windrush Generation – named after passenger ships, the Empire Windrush – are a generation of people from the Caribbean who arrived in the UK in the years following World War II between 1948 and 1971.
As post-war Britain lacked workers and needed to rebuild the economy, the prospect of job opportunities was one of the main reasons people came to the country.
The program of events, which is part of National Windrush Day on June 22, aims to create opportunities for people to learn more about the “vital part of our common history” and the contributions of the Windrush generation to the city.
The Deputy Mayor of Leicester responsible for combating racism and disadvantage, Cllr Sue Hunter, said: âThe arrival of the Windrush generation after WWII played an important role in shaping the cultural identity of the cities. from the UK, including Leicester.
âThis funding gives us a great opportunity to bring this part of our history to life and share it with others, involving the community in exhibitions and events, and making available specially curated book packs to ensure let the children know this chapter of our recent history.
âWith Windrush Day being celebrated nationwide in June, now is the perfect time for us to explore this vital part of our shared history in more detail. “
As part of the program, five large interpretive panels created on the Windrush Generation will be permanently displayed inside the African Caribbean Center at Highfields.
Each panel will include archival material gathered over years of research and community engagement, including with members of the Windrush generation and their descendants. They will present original memorabilia, testimonies and documents.
The community worked closely with the neighborhood council services and the museum service which is also responsible for the heritage interpretive signs elsewhere in the city. Information about the panels will also be shared on the Story of Leicester website and social media.
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An open house to reveal the panels is planned as part of Black History Month in October.
In line with a national campaign to ensure that black history occupies a greater place in the national school curriculum, resource kits will be developed for use in schools containing books, activities and more.
The Leicester City Council Festivals and Events team has successfully submitted for funding and will manage the events program.
The Town’s Windrush program is one of 42 projects across the UK that have received a share of Â£ 500,000 in funding for community groups, charities and councils to celebrate Windrush Day which was first introduced in 2018.
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