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Arrival: celebrating Windrush and the communities who followed

It has been 70 years since the ship Empire Windrush arrived into Tilbury Docks from the Caribbean. Caribbean migration has a long history in London and Windrush is a significant moment within this. It precipitated future waves of post war mass migration and has shaped our open and diverse identity ever since.

Arrival tells the stories of the Windrush generation and celebrate their contribution to life in London. It is a platform for the many people and communities, from Europe and the rest the world, who’ve embarked on similar journeys. Through events and broadcast, it invites discussion and offers advice for those wanting to know more.

It also shines a spotlight on the recent immigration and visa issues affecting so many Commonwealth citizens.

The Mayor will thank the Windrush pioneers with three special happenings:

The Conversation Booth

Using Windrush stories as prompts, we launched our conversation booth at our Arrival event, asking Londoners to talk about migration in the city, through the lens of arrival and welcome.

We are now taking the conversation booth on tour around London, to gather insights from Londoners and about London's Communities. This mobile recording facility will record the stories of all who come in and take part. Read more about the conversation booth.

Let us know if you’d like to host the booth or find out more by emailing [email protected].

Get involved

We’re creating volunteering opportunities across Arrival together with our advisory group, made up of Gal Dem, Hackney Museum, Voluntary Arts and Windrush Foundation.

If you’d like to get involved or have suggestions for communities to take part, email [email protected].

'Arrival' event

On Saturday 30 June 2018, City Hall hosted a free event to bring the story of ‘arrival in London’ to life.

There were talks, music, workshops, film screenings and installations. The day honoured the Windrush generation and also served as a springboard for four key community conversations:

  • Making the journey – personal testimony on reality for a London migrant
  • Telling our stories – how we encourage discussion and preserve our stories for the future
  • Windrush women – how they helped to create strong workforces
  • Moving forward – what next for Caribbean Londoners

Watch the webcast of the talks in the Chamber.

Radio programming

Our exploration of the Windrush generation highlights the impact of Caribbean migration in London. We’re working with Voluntary Arts and BBC Radio London to invite Windrush pioneers as well as Windrush descendants to tell their stories to radio audiences.