Windrush-The years after. A community legacy on film WYA

Dated 1700s-2000s

Extent: 4 boxes and 3 posters

This catalogue summarises the collection of print materials that accompanied the filmmaking project. A plan to gather, scan and catalogue items was integral to the project from the outset. The items listed in this catalogue help to make the local heritage and cultural legacy and impact of 'the Windrush generation' in Huddersfield/Kirklees better understood, explained, recorded and safeguarded for later generations. Items reflect activities, concerns and endeavours in recent decades and highlight the many challenges facing Huddersfield's African Caribbean descent community and significant contributions to local and regional life.

This collection represents a step towards creating better historical resources on Huddersfield's African-Caribbean descent community. It is indicative of the varied materials that exist but also the scale of the task needed to gather a fuller picture. Ideally making these items available will encourage others to help to build a more inclusive understanding of Huddersfield's recent historical experiences. If that occurs, these efforts to offer visibility, recognition and respect to the breadth of Huddersfield's diverse histories will have been worthwhile. Materials have been digitally scanned and also exist in their original form to maximise their availability for future use. Many project team members contributed to the archiving process but thanks are particularly due to the conscientious and detailed work undertaken over many months by James Watmough, a History undergraduate in the Department of Humanities at the University of Huddersfield.

A collection of original documents, leaflets, reports, news-cuttings, posters, photographs and other print memorabilia (c.1970-2018) gathered as part of the Windrush: The Years After project. Donated or loaned by Milton Brown, Heather Norris Nicholson and other people taking part in the Windrush project. Some scanned secondary materials from the National Archives on Caribbean, African and Indian involvement in World Wars I and 2 (b/w photographs) and research materials on Yorkshire's Black military history in 17-19th Centuries. Materials are part of a longer term commitment to making historical resources on African and Caribbean contributions to local and national history better known about, understood and accessible.
- Heather Norris Nicholson, Windrush - The Years After Project Coordinator
Admin History
In June 1948 nearly 500 Jamaicans stepped ashore from the Empire Windrush, invited to help to rebuild Britain's economy after World War Two. Needed but often unwelcome, others followed from different parts of the Caribbean. The British Nationality Act of 1948 entitled them to a British passport and the right to live and work in Britain. They came from different islands, via different routes on ships and later by plane, to different parts of Britain. Direct recruitment, word of mouth and chance encounters led to people coming to West Yorkshire to work primarily in mills, factories, hospitals, engineering and chemical companies and on local buses, trams and trains. Changing legislation virtually ended this post-war movement of people from the Caribbean by c 1973.

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