The exhibition dives into the heritage of Derby West Indian Community Association (DWICA), including Windrush generation memories and the experiences of younger members growing up in Derby. It explores how the Association has positively responded to challenges over six decades, to support its local community, building a legacy in the city through its many social, cultural, educational and sporting achievements. The exhibition celebrates the vibrancy and spirit of Derby Caribbean Carnival and the year-long local, national and international connections and collaborations that make this highlight of Derby’s cultural calendar possible.
Image: Carnival Queens Sam Hudson, Alice Burton and Charlene Stephenson, Derby Caribbean Carnival 2012 © Soshain Bali Photography
This exhibition is part of The Centre that Powers the Road, a 12-month project exploring the heritage of DWICA, ensuring the history of the Association, and Derby Caribbean Carnival, is better looked after, more accessible and understood. In partnership with Derby Museums, the project will create an important archive for the city documenting the building of a community from the 1950s and the continued vital work of the Association today.
The Centre that Powers the Road is generously supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Suitable for all.
Main image: Samantha Hudson aka ‘Sam Carnival’, Grandad, tell me your story (detail), oil and mixed media on canvas, 2021 © Oliver Taylor/Derby Museums. Adapted from a photograph by an unknown photographer.