Supported by City of Wolverhampton Council and financed by Government, a Wolverhampton charity has announced a project to put a collection of unique video interviews online.
Windrush Generation Experiences Online presents a selection of newly digitized video interviews recorded as part of the BE-ME (Black and Ethnic Minority Experiences) project in the late 1990s. The original interviews, which are preserved at Wolverhampton City Archives, detail the struggles and achievements of people of African Caribbean heritage and other settlers in Wolverhampton during the latter part of the 20th century, and celebrate how they contributed to the development of the region.
These fascinating interviews cover topics including home country, arrival, housing conditions, employment, education, religion and combating racism. All the interviews, totalling over a hundred, are available at: windrushgenerationexperiencesonline.com
The video includes a special introduction by Dr Patrick Vernon OBE who first called for a day, now known as Windrush Day, to recognise the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British society, and who led the campaign at the height of the ‘Windrush scandal’. His video helps put the interviews into their historical context and point to ways in which they resonate with contemporary concerns.