13/04/2018

Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land


Coming up at the British Library in London in June:


Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land

Fri 1 Jun – Sun 21 Oct 2018


A free exhibition
Welcomed by some as ‘Sons of Empire.’ Vilified by those spreading fears of a ‘black invasion.’ 70 years since the Empire Windrush carried hundreds of migrants to London, hear the Caribbean voices behind the 1940s headlines. Why did people come? What did they leave behind? And how did they shape Britain?
Learn about the Jamaican feminist poet Una Marson, who became the first black woman employed by the BBC. Read Trinidadian J J Thomas’s scathing rebuttal of English colonialism. See the manuscripts of Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island and Benjamin Zephaniah's poem What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us. And listen to the sounds of the Caribbean, from jazz and calypso to the speeches of Marcus Garvey and personal reflections from some of the first Caribbean nurses to join the NHS.

Enslavement. Colonialism. Rebellion.

Revisit 1948 and explore how the Windrush story is much more than the dawn of British multiculturalism it has come to represent.

Image: Some of the first migrants from Jamaica arrive at Tilbury on board the Empire Windrush 22 June 1948

Details

Name:Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land
Where:Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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Opening times and visitor information
Price:Free
Enquiries:+44 (0)1937 546546
boxoffice@bl.uk

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British Trade in Black Labour: The Windrush Middle Passage

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Keynote lecture by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles
After World War Two Caribbean people re-crossed the Atlantic Ocean, this time not as chattel slaves but in response to the push of colonial oppression and exploitation, and the demand for their labour in the UK. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles examines the circumstances which lead to this ‘second Middle Passage’ in this keynote lecture.
Historian Hilary Beckles is Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI). Born in Barbados, he received his higher education in the UK and has lectured extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Professor Beckles has written widely on Caribbean economic history, cricket history and culture, and higher education.  The author of more than 10academic books he also serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals. He is also the founder and Director of the CLR James Centre for Cricket Research, and a former member of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

Image: The Empire Windrush by Royal Navy official photographer, via Wikimedia Commons


Details:

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Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB


Full Price: £12.00
Member: £8.00
Senior 60+: £10.00
Student: £8.00
Registered Unemployed: £8.00
Under 18: £8.00
Friend of the British Library: £8.00



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