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Commemorating Windrush: 75 Years On

Rose Court, London

Honouring known and unknown contributions

2023 marks the 75th anniversary of Windrush that brought the first large group of post-war West Indian / Caribbean people to Great Britain. After a five-week journey, the HMT Empire Windrush anchored at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 21 June 1948 carrying over 800 passengers from the Caribbean.

Join us for an evening of learning, reflection and celebration as we hear from a historian as well as esteemed panellists with expertise and lived experiences of Windrush survivors.

This event has been created with our partner  WWP, a creative, transformative company that uses creativity to build better futures for their people, planet, clients and communities.

Photography by Sharron Wallace at SWPV


Karen Blackett.OBE, WPP UK President

Founding trustee at BEO, Chancellor at the University of Portsmouth and non-executive director at Diageo.

Professor David Olusoga, Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester

Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, historian, author, presenter and BAFTA winning filmmaker.

Dr Habib Naqvi, CEO, Race & Health Observatory

The NHS Observatory works to identify and tackle ethnic inequalities in healthcare through research, health policy recommendations and transformational change.

Glenda Caesar, Survivor / Campaigner

A prominent member of the Windrush community doing advocacy work, speaking regularly and successfully assisting claimants complete compensation forms.

Elwaldo Romeo, Windrush Survivor

Lived in Britain for almost 60 years when he was told by the Home Office he is in the UK illegally.

Michael Braithwaite, Windrush Survivor

Lived in Britain for 55 years when he was told he needed a biometric card to work and live in the UK.

Dr Wanda Wyporska, CEO, BEO

Black Equity Organisation (BEO) is the first Black civil rights charity, dedicated to tackling systemic racism in the UK.

Tom Ilube, Non-Executive Director, WPP

CEO and founder of London-based Crossword Cybersecurity plc and Chair of the education charity African Gifted Foundation