Lambeth is the home of the Windrush Generation and this summer marks the 75th anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush arriving in Britain.
The Empire Windrush landed on 22 June 1948 with many of the arrivals spending their first month in rented lodgings in the deep shelter underneath Clapham South Tube station before settling in Brixton, the site of the nearest labour exchange.
This begin the area’s long celebrated association with Caribbean culture. Today Windrush Square sits at the centre of Lambeth in recognition of our links to the Windrush Generation, and the national Windrush Monument is in the north of our borough at Waterloo station due to its significance in the Windrush story.
Because Lambeth is the first home of the Windrush Generation in the UK and because the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants has been so significant over the last 75 years we as a borough are determined to both highlight and celebrate their legacy.
The Windrush 75 anniversary in Lambeth will be an educational, inclusive and engaging celebration that highlights their huge contribution and builds a legacy of learning, sharing and respect into the future.