London Transport Museum’s tribute to Windrush generation

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The London Transport Museum is using a £21,000 grant to celebrate the contribution made by the Windrush generation of Caribbean migrants and their descendants. The 2021 Windrush Day grant is from a total of £500,000 which has been awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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The funding will kick-start a series of cultural and learning activities. An exhibition exploring the history of Caribbean migration in relation to London Transport and the legacy of LT’s direct recruitment from the Caribbean until 1970 is set to open next February.

A Museum spokesperson said: “London’s Caribbean community has played a vital role in the history of London’s transport. The 2021 Windrush Day Grant we’ve just received will help our museum tell the story of how the Windrush generation, who first arrived in the UK from 1948, and a campaign of Caribbean recruitment by London Transport from the 1950s to the 1970s, helped shape modern London.”

Seven examples of poetry and prose written by TfL employees for Windrush Day 2020 are available for viewing in the Museum’s galleries in animated digital form. In 1958 HMS Windrush carried just over 800 people from the Caribbean to make a new life in Britain. Today more a third of Transport for London staff state that they are black or of ethnic origin.

Donald Hines, a conductor at Brixton Garage in the 1960s, came to Britain from the Caribbean for a new life with London Transport. LTM