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28th & 29th June: Windrush to Liverpool

Windrush Legacy Day Programme
The programme includes:
Friday 28th June 2019, 6pm - 9pm
Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, L8 7PE
Play: Home From Home written by Marjorie H Morgan followed by Q&A on Windrush compensation impact with Professor Geoff Palmer, Zita Holbourne and Anthony Brown - Q&A event will be chaired by Councillor Anna Rothery.
Saturday 29th June, 12 – 6pm
Falkner Square Park, Grove Street, L8

In collaboration with Steve Biko Housing Association and Blackburne House, Writing on the Wall hosts Windrush Legacy Day, a day of free, community events including Steele Pans, The Greenhouse Project Windrush Photographic Exhibition, elders activities dominos, card games, food, stalls and DJs.
From SS Orbita to Orbital
The day will also launch Writing on the Wall’s newest project, From SS Orbita to Orbital. Following Empire Windrush, The SS Orbita arrived in Liverpool with the second group of immigrants from the Caribbean. Liverpool has arguably the oldest black community in Europe, swelled by seafarers from the Caribbean and West Africa in the early 1900s who merged into the poor but cosmopolitan communities around the south docks.  For this reason, Liverpool’s Windrush history has been largely been subsumed into a general history of black Liverpool, though the impact of those arriving in the city during the Windrush era is profound.

This project, working with Liverpool’s diverse communities, will research, document, and promote the Windrush influence on the musical life of Liverpool over a 70-year period.  

The project will:

  • Deliver a ten-week educational workshop programme with local historians, music experts, a professional archivist
  • Undertake primary research drawing on passenger lists and other relevant archives
  • Collect oral histories from Liverpool’s elders from all backgrounds who participated in Toxteth’s vibrant music scene
  • Interview contemporary musicians and DJs who are descendants of the Windrush generation, for example Norman Jay, OBE and those that have been influenced by that generation such as DJ Greg Wilson and the Hucknall brothers that form Orbital.
  • Support participants to write an individual essay on their chosen area of research.
  • Produce a collectively researched and written, high quality commemorative book of essays
  • Launch the publication at a high-profile event during Black History Month.
  • Distribute the publication nationally.
The project will draw on the work of previous Windrush projects; BBC Radio Merseyside’s Windrush Stories and other relevant initiatives such as Black to the Future – an exhibition detailing the musical achievements of Black Liverpool, curated by a group of local black elders who have formed the Heritage Development Company.