Windrush Generations

Windrush Generations is a Project that aims to explore, celebrate and document the contribution of the Windrush Generation in British societies and across the African Diaspora. 

This project provides an opportunity for UWE BAME students to work in partnership with community members, historians and interested parties. The aim will be to create a background of stories, research, art, photographs, artifacts, poetry and learning on lives of Caribbean Elders in order to highlight the successes and challenges of adapting in the UK. 

There is a real need in the UK to capture the voice and experiences of the Caribbean pioneers who came here to help rebuild Britain after World War Two predominantly in public services and transport. The project will be managed by a small team who all have family members who are part of the Windrush generation. Through a series of participatory workshops, students from HAS and ACE and others will work collaboratively alongside elderly Caribbean community members to record and document the stories related to their lives in the UK. The overall aim is to encourage an intergenerational collaborative project which develops the interpersonal and creative skills of our students, gives a voice to our Caribbean elders’ experiences and their resilience and tenacity and highlights the amazing contribution they have made to the UK multicultural society and across the African Diaspora. 

Aims

Through a series of creative participatory workshops, BAME students will work collaboratively alongside generations of Caribbean community members to record and document the stories related to their lives in Bristol and Britain. Students will create a response with the elders with an outcome either in visual arts, film or photography or a multidisciplinary artefact/installation.

This project seeks to give voice to Caribbean elders’ experiences and their resilience and tenacity and highlight the amazing contribution they have made to the UK multicultural society and across the African Diaspora.

Project Workshops

‘My personal odyssey’ with Mian Ng and Carole Johnson
‘Inspiring Leaders’ with Mayor Marvin Rees, Councillor Carole Johnson
‘Film and Photography’ with Michael Jenkins
‘St Pauls Carnival’ with LaToyah McAllister Jones
‘Education’ with Aisha Thomas