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Indenture to Windrush: Invisible Passengers of Two Imperial Migrations

Date: 12 May 2017, 18.30-20.30
Venue: The Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tickets: £7.50, £5.00 concessions (senior citizens, students and unwaged)
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Event supported by the University of London's John Coffin fund

2017 is the centenary of the abolition of indenture in the British Empire (1834-1917). Yet the system of indenture, under which the British brought Chinese and East Indian people to the Caribbean to labour on the region's sugar plantations, is a largely unknown part of British imperial history. Another chapter in British imperial history marks almost 70 years--the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks (1948). Over the next 15 years followed the arrival of what came to be known as the 'Windrush generation' (1948-1963). These pioneering Caribbean migrants included the descendants of indentured immigrants to the Caribbean. In this live oral history event, these migrants and their children discuss their experiences as minorities within a minority, living and working in a British society which is on the whole unaware of the Indian and Chinese presence of the Caribbean.

Chairs: Trevor Phillips OBE, Mike Phillips OBE

Speakers include: David Dabydeen, Lainy Malkani, Jonathan Phang, Lakshmi Persaud, Sr Monica Tywang, Rod Westmaas

Conveners: Dr Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Prof Tina K. Ramnarine, Dr Jack Daniel Webb

Image by Royal Navy official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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