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Windrush 70th Anniversary - celebrations and events at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Visit Wolverhampton Art Gallery to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks - marking the start of African Caribbean Migration to Britain in the post war years.

Windrush 70th Anniversary
Windrush 70th Anniversary

A series of events will raise awareness of the Windrush generation's contribution to our local society, as well as Britain on a whole.

An exhibition, called Windrush 70, started on 9 June and is running through to 29 July and is free of charge. It features a projected slideshow of photographs by photographer Nick Hedges, showcasing images of Caribbean workers in the Black Country industries in the 1970s, as well as paintings by locally based Jamaican artist Sylbert Bolton.

Also featuring as part of the celebrations is 'A Charmed Life: Film Screening and Q&A'. Directed by Patrick Vernon OBE, the film tells the story of Eddie Martin Noble, the Jamaican born RAF serviceman who was the inspiration for Andrea Levy's award winning book, Small Island. The film, showing on 23 June between 2pm and 4pm, also features a Q&A session with the director himself after the showing. Admission for this event is free but places are limited to 100.

Lastly, on 14 July between 2pm and 4pm you will also have the chance to gain free admission to 'WAWI (Why Are West Indians In Britain) - Talk'. WAWI, a voluntary project which aims to bring communities together by promoting the Caribbean Military contribution within the British Armed Forces as well as highlighting the integral role of the Caribbean community in the rebuilding of post war Britain. The talk will provide a fresh dialogue, discussing Caribbean contributions during the war. Admission for this event is free but once again places are limited to 100.

For more information on these events, please visit Wolverhampton Arts and Culture.

  • released: Tuesday 12 June, 2018