The Windrush Generation in Croydon is set to be celebrated in a new exhibition.

On June 12 artefacts, memories and stories will go on show in the Croydon Museum.

The free exhibition is the start of a month-long celebration of the Windrush Generation and their contributions to Croydon.

Councillor Patsy Cummings, Croydon Council’s BAME champion, said: “This year’s events will celebrate the tremendous contribution this community has made to Croydon and the rest of the UK.”

The exhibition will run until the end of October and organisers, All Islands Together, are calling on residents to submit memories and items from the 40s and 50s in the UK by emailing

On Friday, June 21 there will be a dinner and awards afternoon open to everyone, but must be pre-booked, and will be free to ‘Windrushers’ aged 65 and over.

It will take place at the De Vere Selsdon Estate Hotel. Contact 07821 612280 for tickets and more details.

National Windrush Day is on Saturday, June 22, which will be Windrush Street Party & Caribbean Cookout.

The party will include Caribbean arts, crafts, book stalls, performances by the Endurance Steelpan Orchestra and IDMC Gospel Choir, a poetry jam at the Front Room, music from the era from DJ Daddy Ernie & Neville King as well as jerk, vegan and Caribbean cuisine and free giveaways.

Other events include an awards ceremony for school pupils who have told the story of the Windrush Generation’s legacy.

There will also be two film nights at the David Lean Cinema, ‘We Sing U Sing’ Music Festival, a TEDx Talk and a Windrush exhibition in the Fairfield Halls in September.

And Croydon Minster will host a multi-faith Windrush thanksgiving church service on Sunday June 23, celebrating the borough’s diversity and the impact different communities have made on the British way of life.

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council, said: “Last year Croydon Council became the first local authority in the country to establish and celebrate an annual Windrush Day in recognition of the rich diversity Commonwealth citizens have brought to the borough.

“We also passed a motion which includes reviewing our own policies and procedures to ensure we support Windrush residents who have been affected by national policies.

“Croydon has a rich heritage and this council is proud of its diverse communities.”

Croydon Council is supporting a range of different community events across the celebration. Check online to see a full list of events.