Windrush 75: UK History-related events in June 2023

by | Jun 7, 2023 | General, Race, Ethnicity and Equality, Writing Race Two | 0 comments


22 June 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in Essex. The ship brought to Britain just over 800 passengers who had left the West Indies, the great majority of whom sought to settle and begin new lives in the UK.

The Windrush 75 anniversary is being marked in 2023 with events, exhibitions and broadcasts. In February, the Royal Historical Society issued a call for organisers of history-related events to send in details for posting on the RHS website.

The following list, arranged in date order, includes submitted events, along with others selected by the Society, which take place in June. They include academic conferences, lectures and seminars, alongside exhibitions, community history events and performances. They are a small selection of what’s available. If you know of other history-related activities please let us know.

At the end of the list you’ll find two forthcoming events organised by the Royal Historical Society, and taking place in June and early July, which we hope will also be of interest.




Recent Acquisition: Journeys to Hope

Outdoor Exhibition, London – 5 January-September



The Caribbean Front Room – Stories from Windrush and Beyond

Exhibition, London – 5 June-28 July



Great Minds: Colin Grant – Windrush Stories

Lecture, Nottingham – 8 June



Windrush Stories Launch, at Manchester Poetry Library

Workshop, Manchester – 15 June



Another Lambeth Windrush History? June 23 1948

Lecture, London – 16 June



The Windrush Generation: The Black Contribution to the British Experience, with William Henry

Lecture, Manchester – 16 June



Suffolk Windrush Lectures, Parts 1 & 2

Lectures, Online – 16 June & 14 July



From War to Windrush 75, Imperial War Museum

Conference, London – 17 June



Wellingborough Windrush Community Event

Festival, Northamptonshire – 17 June



The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context

Conference, London – 19 June



The Story of Empire Windrush in Ten Documents, with The National Archives

Workshop, Online – 19 June



Remembering the Ship in Citizenship: An Evening with John Agard and a Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Windrush

Lecture, London – 19 June



The Pitt Lecture, 2023: with David Olusoga

Lecture, London – 19 June



Archives Live: Windrush 75, with The National Archives

Workshop, Online – 19 June



Windrush Women’s Space: A Multimedia Presentation of 18 Collingham Gardens, 1945-1970, at King’s College, Cambridge

Lecture, Cambridge – 19 June



Disrupting British African History Sessions

Lecture Series, Online – 19 June-2 October



Windrush Memories: Sharing History at Nottingham Black Archives

Workshop, Nottingham – 20 June



Windrush 75: Riddim and Poetry, at the Museum of London Docklands 

Music and Poetry Readings, London – 20 June



Life after Windrush, with the University of Westminster

Online Panel – 21 June



Windrush 75: The History and Legacy of the Windrush Generation

Webinar – 21 June



Serendipity Annual Windrush Day Lecture, 2023, with Gary Younge

Lecture, Leicester – 22 June



Windrush 75th Anniversary

Conference and exhibition, Cardiff – 22 June



Windrush Day, 2023 at the National Maritime Museum

London – 22 June



The National Archives x Tilbury Port: Windrush 75 2023

Workshop, Tilbury – 22 June



Their Journey, Our Heritage Project Launch: Windrush 75 Celebration

Workshop, Birmingham – 22 June



The Windrush Decision: An Always Community Project, with Nottinghamshire Archives

Workshop, Nottingham – 22 June



Windrush at 75: books that shaped the black British experience

Listing in the Guardian newspaper, with contributions from David Olusoga, Colin Grant and Lavinya Stennett, among others



How the Windrush generation changed stories of Britain forever – ten recommended reads

The Conversation – written by Alison Donnell (University of East Anglia)

Part of The Conversation’s season of Windrush articles published in June



Windrush 75 – A celebration at Croydon Minster

Exhibition, London – 22 June



The Windrush Story, with Southampton City Libraries

Lecture, Southampton – 22 June



The Windrush 75 Day Conference, at Sheffield Hallam University

Conference, Sheffield – 22 June



WINDRUSH 2023: Industrial Voices of Windrush Nottinghamshire

Workshop and exhibition, Mapperley – 22 June



Windrush 75: Stories Through Film, with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Screenings, Bristol – 22-24 June



Reimagining Our Future: A Celebration of the Windrush Legacy, at the University of the Arts

Exhibition, London – 22-24 June



BELONGINGS: Windrush 75 Anniversary Weekender: Evewright Arts Foundation

Festival, Purfleet, 22-25 June



Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories: Evewright Arts Foundation

Exhibition, Tilbury, June 2023



Over a Barrel: Windrush Children Tragedy and Triumph, at the Black Cultural Archives

Exhibition, London – 22 June-10 September



AFRUCA’s Windrush 75th Anniversary Event

Festival, Manchester – 22 June



Windrush 75: Alex Pascall in conversation with Jacqueline McKenzie, at the National Portrait Gallery

Panel Discussion, London – 22 June





Windrush 75 International Conference: Reforming our Futures, with the National Windrush Museum

Conference, London – 23 June



Windrush 75: Legacies Festival at the Migration Museum

Exhibition and Workshops, London – 24 June



948 Collective: Windrush Legacies, at South London Gallery

Video Exhibition, London – 24-25 June



A Conversation on Windrush / Sgwrs am Windrush

Workshop, Online – 28 June



Beyond Windrush: Tracing Your Ancestry with the Passenger Lists

Workshop, London – 28 June



Additional UK-wide events are also available via the Windrush 75 Network website



On Tuesday 13 June, we held a panel discussion on the life and intellectual legacy of Eric Williams (1911-81) and his major work, Capitalism and Slavery (1944).

With panellists Heather Cateau (University of the West Indies), Stephen Mullen (Glasgow), Harvey Neptune (Temple, PA), Meleisa Ono-George (Oxford) and Matthew J. Smith (UCL, chair). The recording of this event is now available.

Registration is now open for the Society’s 2023 Prothero Lecture which will be given this year by Brenda E. Stevenson, Hillary Rodham Clinton Professor of Women’s History at Oxford University.

This year’s lecture is ‘To Do and Be Undone: Enslaved Black Life, Courtship, and Marriage in the Antebellum South’ and will be available in-person at UCL and online. Further details of the lecture and how to book are available here.

The RHS Prothero Lecture will be followed by the Society’s annual summer party at UCL: chance to meet fellow historians and open to all.

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