National Museum of Wales launches Windrush exhibit


The National History Museum of Wales will launch a new exhibit on the country’s Windrush generation.

St Fagans, located in Cardiff, is one of Europe’s largest open-air museums and is known to represent the country’s agricultural and industrial past.

From October, the stories of the Windrush families and their descendants, as well as their contribution to Welsh communities and culture, will also be presented.

It will feature the testimonials of over 40 people, who described their travels in Wales, and the challenges they faced in building a new life in a foreign country, including how they found work and people’s attitudes towards them.

The Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948 carrying over 1,000 passengers from the Caribbean islands who had answered Britain’s call for post-war workers.

Over the next 40 years, thousands of people followed in their footsteps, and many made Wales their new home.

Sioned Hughes, head of public history and archeology at the National Museum Wales, said she was “proud” to recognize the “invaluable and enduring contribution” they have made to Wales.

The oral histories were collected as part of a Race Council Cymru project and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. They will be archived in St Fagans after the exhibition has toured other museums in Wales.

Undated photo released by the National Museum Wales of Roma Taylor, founder and president of the Windrush Cymru Elders. St Fagans, the National History Museum for Wales located in Cardiff, will launch a new exhibition from October, showcasing the stories of

Roma Taylor, Founder and President of Windrush Cymru Elders, said: “This is a precious moment for all of us. These are our stories and if we don’t get them out nobody will know.

“The Windrush is a very painful and moving subject, but all of our stories have to come out. It is important for us, our children and our grandchildren and for the schools. Everyone should know that we have been through a lot.

Windrush Cymru – Our Voices, Our Stories, Our History will be on display in St Fagans from October 2-31, 2021 before visiting other national museums across Wales through March 2022.

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