Windrush and beyond: Celebrating You, Me and Those Who Came Before


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Essential information

Date and time: 
22 June 2019 | 11am - 4pm
National Maritime Museum

Join us for Windrush Day 2019 and a celebration of the generations of migrants who have come to the UK, with a day of free performances, workshops, tours and much more suitable for the whole family.


About the event:

This year we will be marking both Windrush Day and Refugee Week to acknowledge the diverse experiences of migration, and how migrants and refugees have positively contributed to and continue to enhance and shape our society today.


Find out more about the free events going on at the National Maritime Museum on 22 June 2019.

Windrush Day 2019 event details:

In Dialogue with Archives

Explore Windrush and other ships that made the passage from the Caribbean to England in the Caird Library

10:30 - 11:10 

Memories of Mother's Land

Join in to share your stories of arrival and settlement

11:15 - 11:55 

Windrush Day Formal Welcome

12:00 - 12:30

Windrush Community Choir Performance

Invited participants continue at the University of Greenwich 

12:30 - 12:50

Performance by the Windrush Community Choir

14:00 - 14:20

Human Wall by Sung Im Her

A contemporary dance performance exploring migration and the barriers that contribute to isolation

14:20 - 14:45

Creative Workshops


Join us as we think about personal journeys and the things that hold most meaning to you. Work alongside artists Eve Shepherd and Jenny Staff to create your sculpture and explore the symbolism of Sea Deity, a new bust made in collaboration with Action For Refugees in Lewisham (on display in the Sea Things gallery)

11:00 - 13:30 | 14:15 - 16:00

Afghani Kite-making

Work with artist, Ahmadzia Bakhtyari, to design your own kite. If the weather is nice, have a go a flying them in the park!

11:00 -  13:00 | 13:30 - 16:00

Me, You Our Perspective

Explore the imagery and symbolism associated with migration, how and why it exists by creating a collaborative sculpture which represents various viewpoints of an ongoing story. Hosted by NOMAD - Nations of Migrations Awakening the Diaspora

11:00 - 13:00 | 14:00 - 16:00

You are Here: The World in Our Neighbourhood Tour

Share your thoughts on how migrtaion should be approached at the National Maritime Musuem and contribute to the collection of community stories about how people came to be in their neighbourhoods.

11:00 - 13:00 | 13:30 - 16:00

Objects in focus: maps and refugee journeys

Explore some of the different ways people forced to leave their homes have been involved in making and using maps with Curator of Cartography Megan Barford

13:30 - 15:30