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Black History Month

Painting of black lady on a union jack background
Black and British
This piece is by the artist @Bootzmama and is inspired by the Windrush Scandal of 2018.

Redbridge Libraries are hosting a programme of events and activities for Black History Month during the month of October.

This national celebration aims to recognise Black contributions to society and to foster an understanding of Black history in general. We’ve lots going on throughout October so please come along, learn and celebrate!

Black and British

In 1948 citizens of the British colonies were given the right to settle in the UK. After the war, Britain had a much depleted workforce and needed help to rebuild what had been lost. The British government called on its citizens in the Caribbean to come and help. Between 1948 and 1970 nearly half a million people immigrated from the Caribbean to Britain. The people from the Caribbean who chose to come to work and live in the UK were subsequently known as the Windrush generation. In 2018 the Windrush Scandal gained public attention as many people from this generation were detained and deported illegally, some were denied health care and benefits and some people lost their homes. The documentation proving their status was destroyed by the same government that invited them here in the first place.

This piece is a reflection of that time. A strong proud nurse on the right, eyes full of life and warmth. On the left the same women aged, having given her best years to the UK.

Black History Month Events

For all of our BHM events, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Memories of WindRush: a film by Redbridge Museum for #BlackHistoryMonth

Using interviews conducted by Redbridge Museum & Heritage Centre from 2002 to 2018, this short film explores the memories and experiences of Redbridge’s Windrush generation.

Watch the Memories of Windrush film


We would also like to acknowledge some of the great British Black Writers as part of our celebrations for Black History Month, six books have been recommended by our guest author Mina Rehman, visit our blog for more details.

You can also access more eBooks with your Redbridge Library card, if your not a member you can join here.

Visit our resources page for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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