Preston's Windrush Generation: The first 70 years

Living Room Installation Preston Windrush Generation

13 October  - 25 November

Growing up in Preston was tough in the 1960s if you had Caribbean heritage. This exhibition takes an honest and sometimes tough look at the experiences of the Windrush Generation in their first 70 years of living in Preston.

The SS Empire Windrush arrived in England in 1948 bringing people from the Caribbean to Britain. Preston’s black community grew during the 1950s and 60s and this exhibition explores their experiences of living and growing up here.


The exhibition centrepiece is a recreated 1960s living room decorated with furnishings recognisable to anyone who lived through this era. The living room was an important space – a retreat from a harsh world, a safe place for parties or for worship, and a place to show off all the family’s best things. This is your chance to take a seat on the sofa and explore the fascinating stories of local men, women and children of the Windrush generation.

Discover photographs, filmed interviews, and treasured home possessions on display along side a timeline exploring significant events in Black British history in the last 70 years, such as the 1958 Notting Hill riots, into local focus.

This project is led by Windrush Initiatives - a community organisation in Preston.

Look out for talks, tours and events associated with the exhibition on our What's On webpage.




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