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350 years before and after Windrush

Before and After Windrush: 350 years of Black People in Lambeth” is a free exhibition in Lambeth town hall in Brixton SW2 1RW on weekdays 9am to 6pm until Friday 12th July.
Evidence from Lambeth Palace & council archives of Black People in Lambeth goes back to the 1660s. It includes records  of former slaves and servants who were being baptised in a Lambeth parish church in the eighteenth century, African princes & sons of chiefs who were being educated in Clapham and the mysterious, unnamed Black Woman of Brixton Causeway who was struggling to bring up her child in Lambeth in the 1720s.
Photographs by Harry Jacobs of the Black community in Brixton between the 1950s and the 1990s are also on display.
To meet the curator of the exhibition on Monday 1st July at 6.30pm email artsweb@lambeth.gov.uk to book a place.
Cllr Sonia Winifred, pictured, said: “Multiculturalism and the history of our Black communities in Lambeth goes back much further than most people probably realise.
We have a packed schedule of events through the month to mark Windrush Day on 22nd June it. Check out the brilliant programme of events we are putting on throughout June”
For details of Windrush events see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/windrush-celebrations-2019/

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Windrush 70th anniversary

This weekend marks 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush. On 22 June 1948, 492 passengers mainly from Jamaica arrived at Tilbury Docks. The majority of the first passengers made their home in Lambeth and the streets around Coldharbour Lane in Brixton quickly became the nucleus of the Jamaican community in London.

Pathe news shown at Tea party in Lambeth Town Hall

Lambeth Town Hall hosted much of a new musical heritage and was the location of the famous No Colour Bar dance in 1955.

Lambeth council is spearheading the Windrush 70 campaign and commissioned the official anniversary design from young local Lambeth designers.

Sadly, this year’s celebrations have been accompanied by the Conservative government’s “hostile environment” policy which has made many of the Windrush generation feel unwelcome in their home.

This weekend is not only about recognising the contributions of the Windrush generation, against the backdrop of a hostile government, but we will also celebrate the importance of immigration and embrace our tolerance, openness and diversity.

See Cllr Winifred’s blog about the importance of celebrating Windrush:http://www.lambeth-labour.org.uk/windrush_weekend

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Did Harry Jacobs take your picture?

Dawn Hill & Gerald Jacobs at the exhibition

If you or your family were in Brixton in 1960’s and 1970’s check out the photo exhibition in Lambeth Town Hall on until Friday 6th July.

Harry Jacob was a popular portrait photographer with Brixton’s black community. His studio was at 152 Landor Road.  Pop into Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton SW2 1RW between 10am and 8pm Monday to Friday and try to identify people in the photos  – post-it notes provided! Harry’s son Gerald was pictured at the opening last week with Dawn Hill, chair of the Black Cultural Archives.

And if you have any photos at home taken by LE Campbell, who had a studio at 82 Atlantic Road in the 1960s,  please get in touch with the Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square SW2 1EF.

For many more events in the Windrush 70 year anniversary programme see:  http://www.windrush70.com/

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Windrush generation

Help is on hand locally for anyone you know affected by the tighter rules on British citizenship for Commonwealth citizens.

The Black Cultural Archives , based in Windrush Square Brixton SW2 1EF,  is organising a set of advice surgeries throughout the month of May  on:

Wed 2 May 5pm-8pm

Sat 5 May, 10am-1pm

Wed 9 May 5pm-8pm

Sat 12 May, 10am-1pm

Wed 16 May 5pm-8pm

Sat 19 May, 10am-1pm

Wed 22 May 5pm-8pm

Sat 26 May, 10am-1pm

Wed 30 May 5pm-8pm

You can just turn up or book an appointment by phoning 020 3757 8500 or emailing info@bcaheritage.org,uk

For more information see:

https://blackculturalarchives.org/blog/windrush-solidarity

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-citizenship-for-the-windrush-generation

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