Archives Live: Windrush 75

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Special live event from The National Archives

Join Baroness Floella Benjamin for this live event which marked the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Empire Windrush to Tilbury dock.

Floella Benjamin is an acclaimed presenter, actress, author and the first woman from Trinidad to become a member of the House of Lords. Her bestselling book Coming to England can be found on the shelves of many classrooms.

For ArchivesLive, Floella explored the uniquely personal document that records her arrival as a ten-year-old in 1960. Learn about the history of Caribbean arrival to Britain through important documents from The National Archives, including the original passenger list for the Empire Windrush ship.

This event has been broadcast from the Clore Learning Centre at The National Archives. Supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation and the National Archives Trust.

Many thanks to Baroness Floella Benjamin OM, DBE, DL and Chloe Vethamony.


Watch the recording of the live event on YouTube:

Floella Benjamin smiles with an illustration of the Empire Windrush behind her. Text reads Archives Live Windrush


Use the accompanying resource pack to find out more about The Empire Windrush and Floella’s story.

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