Windrush Day: honouring the British Caribbean community

Windrush Day, Monday 22 June, honours the British Caribbean community and its contributions to our diverse culture. This year we're showcasing the wonderful influences of the Windrush generation and we'd love you to get involved!

We want you to send us your photos and artwork for our virtual exhibition, take over our Twitter and Instagram and help us create a memorable playlist, all in honour of the first generation of Caribbean people to arrive in the UK and to recognise their contribution to the modern day culture we know today.

In Search of a Better Life - In Dorothy's Memory
Image caption: In Search of a Better Life - In Dorothy's Memory, submitted by Kim Smith, Chief Executive, Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Windrush exhibition

We're holding a virtual exhibition to mark Windrush Day, so send your photos (either taken or shared with permission) or artwork to press.office@lbhf.gov.uk.

  • You can share old photos or paintings, with permission
  • Send the title of the piece and artist name

We will collate all the submissions and add them to our online exhibition. If you would prefer not to have your full name included with your submission, please let us know.

View the Windrush exhibition

Get your groove on

We've curated a Windrush playlist which you can listen to here and we're hoping to include it in a set on our new local new Fulham-based radio station to counter isolation. 

The playlist will be broadcast on air on Hot96 from 4pm to 5pm and from 11pm to midnight on the 22 June. 

Listen in to Hot96 via the Tunein app.

The other DJs from the Hot96 include Little Bee 3-4pm, Daddy Long Legs 5-6pm, Phuture Funk 6-9pm and Likkle Minty – 9-11pm.

Celebrate Windrush Day on 22 June with the National Theatre

Filmed live during its sold-out run in 2019, the National Theatre’s epic production of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel is streaming with National Theatre at Home to mark Windrush Day 2000.

Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

Find out more about the play and how to watch on Monday

The Windrush Generation

Following the losses of World War II, the UK launched a campaign to entice people from the British Empire and Commonwealth to immigrate to the UK.

On 22 June 1948, the HMT Empire Windrush docked in East London, and marked the beginning of Caribbean migration that would follow. The migration of people from the British Empire and Commonwealth was core to country's recovery after the war and in establishing the wonderful, diverse culture that we have today.​

Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council, said:

"We should never forget the debt of gratitude we all owe the Windrush generation, who contributed so much in rebuilding the UK after World War II. It's hugely important that we honour and celebrate the benefits they and their descendants have brought to our borough, and the way so many have helped shape modern Britain."​

We're standing against racism and discrimination It's important to remember the racism and discrimination that the Windrush generation experienced, and to acknowledge the problems we still face today.

H&F stands against racism in whatever form it may take, and we are encouraging everybody to be involved in the conversation and to help us eradicate racism.

A personal story

A personal story from Peter Parkin who's father, like so many other fine young men and women, would without hesitation leave Jamaica's sun and sea to enlist in the RAF and associated services ready to do their bit for the war effort. The Windrush generation - a personal account