Windrush Day 2020
Windrush Day 2020 is celebrated today – Monday 22nd June. It was conceived to commemorate the journey of the Empire Windrush, the migration from the Caribbean to Britain, delivering a generation of people, who answered the call of the ‘Motherland’.
They were asked to bring skills and to fill gaps in the labour force, left after the Second World War. They believed it was a chance to start a new life in Britain for themselves and eventually, their families. It was also a mindset of supporting Britain, as some had fought for Britain in WWII, doing their duty.
Introduced in 2018, for the 70th anniversary, it is held on the 22nd of June, the day passengers stepped foot on British soil, after the Empire Windrush had docked in Tilbury Docks, the previous day.
The Windrush Generation is a term given to the people who emigrated to Britain from 1948 to 1973; it was the beginning of mass migration to the UK from all corners of the Commonwealth.
The Windrush migrants settled all over Britain but although they were here to help rebuild the nation, they faced racism and discrimination in their daily lives. It impacted housing, the workplace and their status here. Windrush Day is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those pioneering spirits, who left their homes to go half-way around the world to start a new life in Britain.
This week, Years 3 and 4 students will write diary entries where they empathise with those who journeyed on Empire Windrush or highlight their life experiences in Britain. Whereas, Years 5 and 6 students will conduct research on the Windrush generation or create posters portraying Caribbean heritage.