The Windrush generation refers to Caribbean people who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971, invited by the British government to help rebuild the country after World War II.
In this podcast series, three episodes were recorded to provide a space for the community to influence the conversation on the impact and legacies of Windrush in the borough of Camden. The podcasts feature interviews with Windrush descendants, community leaders, activists and experts to explore the history of the Windrush generation, the injustices they faced, and their ongoing struggles for justice.
These conversations share stories, and perspectives, and challenges stereotypes to contribute to a more inclusive and just society. The podcasts are all hosted by BBC 1Xtra Swarzy Macaly and produced by The Playermaker Group.
In Episode 1 we explore the lives and experiences of the Caribbean community who arrived in Camden between 1948 and 1971 and their contribution to the borough and the UK.
Beryl Joseph – Camden Resident + Windrush Elder
Walter Osbourne – Camden Resident + Windrush Elder
Darla-Jane Gilroy – Daughter of Beryl Gilroy Camden's first Black headteacher
Angela Beale – Daughter of Jerry Williams, Camden’s first Black Mayor
Hear Episode 1 here.
Episode 2 explores the changing face of Camden and the experiences and contributions of the first Windrush generation born in the UK.
Councillor Sabrina Francis - Cabinet member for Young People and Culture
Judy Frederick - Chair of Camden Black Workers Group
Emily Momoh – Founder Camden’s Black British History Hub
Joanne Reid -Local Camden Resident
Hear Episode 2 here.
Episode 3 explores the legacy of the Windrush generation as we look to the future, and focuses on the 3rd and 4th Windrush Generation.
Alex Emeh – Entrepreneur, Black-Owned London
Sahara Ashanti - Photographer, Camden Black Creatives
Jasmin King - Fashion Designer, Camden Black Creatives
Charles Trezise – Bruce - Footballer and 6th Form Student
Hear Episode 3 here.
The podcasts will also be touring libraries around Camden and you can visit the libraries on the following dates below to give them a listen:
Friday 23 June to Monday 3 July- Holborn Library
Monday 3 July to Monday 10 July- Pancras Square Library
Monday 10 to Monday 17 July- Camden Town Library
Monday 17 July to Monday 24 July- Kentish Town Library
Monday 24 July to Monday 31 July- Queen’s Crescent Library
Monday 31 July to Monday 7 August- Highgate Library
Monday 7 August to Monday 14 August- Kilburn Library
Monday 14 August to Monday 21 August- West Hampstead Library
Monday 21 August to Monday 28 August- Swiss Cottage Library