CURLYTREATS Festival Presents

The Windrush Generation Photo Exhibition

📅 Date: Saturday 15 October 2022 
⏰ Time: 11 am (8 hours)
📍Location: Novotel London West 

We invite you to visit the free photographic exhibition within CURLYTREATS Festival.

An exhibition of photographs, this exhibit depicts the lives, experiences, and celebrations of the Windrush generation and their descendants. This collection of portraits pays tribute to this often invisible generation that moved from the Caribbean to begin a new life in Britain. Whether they are elders or ancestors, they have had a profound influence on many generations of Black British people and throughout Britain.


Message from Vinna Best, Founder of CURLYTREATS 

I am a descendant of the Windrush generation.

My maternal and paternal grandparents moved to help rebuild Britain after World War 2.

It is my pleasure to share with you a collection of photographs from the Windrush era until the 1990s. This exhibition includes photos of my family that have never been shown in public before.

When Post-war, Britain lacked the workers to rebuild its weakened economy, Britain invited mostly Caribbean people to work in different sectors. Sectors included construction, manufacturing, public health & transport.

The first Windrush ship arrived from the Caribbean on 22 June 1948. Between 1948 and 1970, nearly half a million people legally moved from the Caribbean to Britain.

My maternal grandfather arrived first from Grenada. Later, my maternal grandmother travelled from Grenada to England. She cried “often” because she missed her children left behind in Grenada. One by one, my mother, her siblings, and other relatives came to England.

At the time, Caribbean people were automatically British subjects being part of the Commonwealth – they were free to live and work in the UK permanently. Documents were not required upon entry nor given since their right to stay was automatic.

Without the Windrush generation, Britain would not have restored its economy or be as diverse as it is today, paving the way for further immigration.

About CURLYTREATS Festival 
This free exhibition is part of the CURLYTREATS FESTIVAL on Saturday, 15 October 2022 at the Novotel London West. 

We will be hosting a series of events that will celebrate and highlight Black hair, history, and heritage. These events will include hair care seminars, hair styling courses, creative workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, engaging conversations and pop-up shops. With a general admission ticket, you will gain access to all events on the day.

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