Reading celebrates the Windrush generation’s contribution to the town with four events, starting with a sports day at South Reading Leisure Centre on Windrush day, 22 June.
The day is named in honour of the passengers of the ship Empire Windrush who disembarked at Tilbury on 22 June 1948. The ship and its passengers have a symbolic status as the start of the Windrush generation who travelled from the Caribbean to work and settle in the UK between 1948 and 1971.
Windrush Sports Day
This family-friendly sports day starts at 12 noon on 22 June at the South Reading Leisure Centre on Northumberland Avenue. Games will include cricket and football and there will be demonstrations of the games enjoyed by the original Windrush generation.
Windrush Community Art Exhibition
This community-made art exhibition on 20 July commemorates the Windrush Generation’s legacy, and draws inspiration from Katesgrove’s Black History Mural on the old Central Club on Mill Lane.
Windrush Contemporary Collection
This collection opens on 14 September and aims to increase representation of the town’s Caribbean community in Reading Museum‘s Story of Reading gallery.
Windrush Community Theatre Production
This dramatisation of conversations and first-hand accounts from Reading’s Windrush generation and their descendants is on 26 October and is followed by post-show discussions and workshops.
Central government’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government awarded £10,000 to Reading Borough Council and a consortium of local groups to organise Windrush Day activities. The local consortium includes Reading Museum, the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE), Barbados and Friends Association (Reading) (BAFA), Reading Caribbean Associations Group (CAG) and Age UK Berkshire.