It’s 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 will tell the stories of the Windrush generation and celebrate their contribution to life in London. It will also be 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 will also shine 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: