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Celebrating the Windrush Generation: Bridging Generations and Preserving Legacy

Celebrating the Legacy of the Windrush Generation

Who Were the Windrush Generation?

The Windrush generation refers to the Caribbean men and women who arrived in the UK aboard the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948 and those who followed in the ensuing years. They came at the invitation of the British government to help rebuild the post-war nation. Their arrival marked the beginning of a significant period of migration and cultural diversity in Britain.

The Legacy of Resilience and Contribution

This generation’s legacy is not just in labour they provided, but in the rich cultural tapestry, they wove into the fabric of British society. From music and food to politics and literature, their influence is memorable and worthy of recognition and celebration.

Bridging the Generational Gap: Our Projects

WGLA’s cross-generational legacy-sharing projects are the heart of our mission. Through storytelling, educational programs, and community engagement, we connect the past, present, and future.

Educational Initiatives for Schools

We introduce students to the Windrush generation’s history through interactive workshops, curriculum materials, and guest speakers, enriching their understanding of Britain’s multicultural heritage.

Interactive Community Outreach Programs

Our community programs invite people of all ages to engage with the history and contributions of the Windrush generation through events, exhibitions, and forums, creating spaces for dialogue and learning.

Digital Archiving: Preserving Stories for the Future

We’re building a digital archive of stories, photographs, and documents to ensure the legacy of the Windrush generation is accessible for generations to come.

Celebrations and Commemorations

Annual celebrations and commemorations, such as Windrush Day, honor the contributions of this generation, fostering a sense of pride and community among all generations.

The Impact on Youth: Learning from Elders

Youth engagement is crucial. By connecting young people with elders, we promote mutual understanding and respect, ensuring the legacy of the Windrush generation inspires future leaders.

Fostering Pride and Belonging

Our projects instill a sense of pride and belonging in both the elders of the Windrush generation and the younger generations, reinforcing the importance of their contributions to society.

The Role of Art and Culture in Legacy Preservation

Art and cultural initiatives play a vital role in preserving the Windrush legacy, with exhibitions, performances, and creative projects telling the story of this generation in vibrant and engaging ways.

Challenges Faced and Overcome

Despite facing racism and discrimination, the Windrush generation laid the foundations for future Caribbean communities in the UK, demonstrating resilience and determination that continue to inspire.

Looking Forward: The Future of Legacy Sharing

We envision a future where the stories of the Windrush generation continue to enlighten and unite people across all walks of life, promoting diversity and inclusion.

How You Can Get Involved

Join us in preserving and promoting the legacy of the Windrush generation. Volunteer, participate in our events, or contribute to our digital archive. Every story matters.


The Windrush generation’s legacy is a beacon of hope, resilience, and unity. Through the WGLA’s efforts, we ensure that their stories are not forgotten but are celebrated and learned from, bridging the gap between generations and building a more inclusive society. Let’s carry this legacy forward together.

Windrush Story

In the heart of the 20th century, a ship named the HMT Empire Windrush became a symbol of hope, resilience, and the dawn of a new chapter in British history.

Its voyage from the Caribbean to the UK in 1948 marked the beginning of the Windrush story—a narrative of courage, community, and the quest for a better life.

Gaan a Farin

Our exhibition is in our Croydon Whitgift Centre headquarters. These visits offer schools and community groups the opportunity to learn about the Windrush Generation’s heritage and legacy through interactive sessions offered by the WGLA team.