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A collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London and the London Borough of Lewisham, this project builds on a range of public exhibitions and activities that took place across 2019.

Supported by the 2020 Windrush Day Grant Scheme, activities originally planned to coincide with Windrush Day 2020 in June were postponed until October due to Covid-19 and adapted to conform to social distancing requirements.

A window exhibition based at The Broadway Theatre in Catford is presented in two parts, displaying recreations of 86 landing cards of passenger who gave their proposed destination as a South London postcode, and an installation recreating a mid-century Caribbean Front Room.

Based on research by Goldsmiths historian, Dr John Price, the landing cards are reimagined versions of the original cards destroyed by the Home Office in 2010. The information they contain is derived from a transcription of the passenger list held at The National Archives.

The Caribbean front room has become a mythical space; a space remembered for its ornamentation, colour-clash and kitsch. Based on research by Goldsmiths designer, Rose Sinclair, the Caribbean Front Room installation recreates a mid-century Caribbean living room, with a special emphasis on textiles and craft.

Two online galleries expand on the materials presented in the physical exhibitions, with all 1027 landing cards available as well as information on the textiles featured in Rose Sinclair’s Caribbean Front Room.

Workshops led by Rose will introduce participants to the story of post-war Caribbean textile networks in the UK, alongside an opportunity to learn weaving and share diverse migration stories.

Finally, citizen historians are sought for a new project to transcribe and bring to life the passenger lists of ships arriving from the Caribbean after the MV Empire Windrush in June 1948.

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