This talk will explore how black people negotiated and managed migration during the Windrush phase of immigration to the UK (1948 to 1972). It will look at how the black community developed organisations and systems to serve their needs in communities where they were subjected to substandard education, racial profiling and inadequate social provisions. Dr Panya Banjoko will use oral history testimonies to uncover the stories of the Windrush generation and their impact on the East Midlands.
Dr Banjoko is the founder of Nottingham Black Archive and has directed the Archive since 2011. The Archive has recovered the stories of World War I soldiers in a Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project and documented the experiences of World War II veterans and the Windrush generation. It has a growing collection of oral history testimonies, books, political literature and photographs.
Dr Banjoko is also a UK based writer and multi-award-winning poet. Her work features in numerous anthologies and exhibitions. Her debut collection, Some Things, was published by Burning Eye Books (2018) and her most recent work (Re)Framing the Archive – by the same publisher – launched in 2022.
Presented as part of Windrush Day 2023
Suitable for all.
Pay what you feel / Free to Friends of Derby Museums