Documents held by TNA on individuals who arrived on HMT Empire Windrush

FOI request reference: F0052332
Publication date: May 2018

Request

Please could you supply a list of documents you hold on those who arrived on HMT Empire Windrush, including those covered by the 70 year rule or other means of secrecy.
It appears the Home Office have destroyed their records of the individuals arriving, which has been consequential for the immigration status of those settlers still living. I therefore hope you might have a duplicate of the boarding cards or some other records, unavailable in the public catalogues, which could assist those who need to evidence their immigration status.

Outcome

Partially successful

Response

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you, subject to any exemptions that may apply.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds some information relevant to your request. We are pleased to be able to provide this information to you below.

• In our BT 26 series, we hold inward passenger lists for the HMT Empire Windrush covering the period 1947 to 1953. These are listed here on our catalogue Discovery: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_aq=%22Empire%20Windrush%22&_cr=bt%2026&_dss=range&_ro=any&_srt=1&_st=adv&_ps=60

All of these passenger lists are open and available to search and download from Ancestry.co.uk: https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1518

The relevant passenger list for the famous journey in June 1948, from Jamaica to London, carrying West Indian immigrants is BT 26/1237/91: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C9152210

• We also hold policy files identifiable by reference to HMT Empire Windrush, for the period 1948 to 1949, which can be found here on our catalogue Discovery:
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_q=%22Empire+Windrush%22+NOT+%22bt+26%22&_dss=range&_sd=1948&_ed=1949&_ps=60&_ro=any&_hb=tna&_srt=1&_d=CO&_d=HO&_d=LAB&Refine+departments=Refine

All of these records are open and available to access in our reading rooms at Kew.

• We do not hold any duplicate landing cards as requested in your final paragraph.