Windrush Generation stories kept alive with the opening of a new exhibition

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Etchings of 12 Windrush Generation elders have been produced by artist EVEWRIGHT. A report by Sian Bayley for The Evening Standard. Our thanks toPeter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

An art and sound installation created from the stories of the Windrush Generation is opening at the Migration Museum in Vauxhall next month.

Caribbean Takeaway Takeover focusses on the kitchen as a cultural meeting place in the Caribbean community and will take over the Breathing Space Café at the museum.

The installation will feature limited-edition photo etchings of 12 Windrush Generation elders produced by artist EVEWRIGHT, along with audio interviews and sound recordings about their experiences tackling racism to make a life in Britain.

Visitors will also be encouraged to commemorate their own parent’s arrival by adding their own stories to passport postcards on our memorial wall or online.

Artist EVEWRIGHT said: “This work is about the sharing, celebrating and preservation of our stories and history. Art is a good way of ensuring the stories of these pioneers from the Windrush Generation are remembered. Their presence has left a legacy and impact on future generations and British society as a whole.  This installation is informative, educational and immersive and I am delighted to see how it engages a diverse range of people to experience and enjoy.”

Project Producer Ionie Richards said: “It was a rewarding experience for us to record the lives of ordinary but extraordinary people from the Windrush Generation most were in their 80s or 90s. This installation will help raise awareness and bring to new audiences’ first-hand accounts of untold stories of a disappearing generation before it is lost. It includes stories from passengers who arrived in the UK on HMS Almansora in 1947 and SS Empire Windrush in 1948. As a legacy of this project these audio stories are preserved by Essex Record Office to share with the public.”

The programme will include a Caribbean Activity day and spoken-word event on Saturday, June 22, as part of nationwide Windrush Day celebrations.

How to get there

Venue: Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG

Nearest tubes: Vauxhall (Victoria Line) Lambeth North (Bakerloo line) and Westminster (Jubilee and District and Circle Lines)

Opening hours: Thursday 12pm-8pm, Friday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

Admission: Free

Where can I find out more?

An artist talk as part of the Migration Museum’s TalkingART Lates series will be held on Thursday, June 27, with artist EVEWRIGHT. To register click here.

See also:

Caribbean Takeaway Takeover: Identities and stories

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