press enter to skip content

Welcome to The Higgins

You are here:

Home / Exhibitions / Bedford's Windrush Generation (Online Exhibition)

Bedford's Windrush Generation (Online Exhibition)

windrush poster


'Paved with Gold': Bedford's Windrush Generation

Online Exhibition 


On June 22 1948, Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, London, carrying 492 passengers from the Caribbean to begin a new life in the UK. They were encouraged to come to Britain to help rebuild the UK after the Second World War. More people arrived during the 50s and 60s and a thriving Caribbean community formed in Bedfordshire, working in the NHS and local industries that included construction, brickmaking, engineering and technology.


Find out more about Empire Windrush, explore the stories of the people that settled in Bedford, and the contributions they have made to the community. View the online exhibition here.


Please note that this exhibition is available to view online only and is not on display at The Higgins Bedford. The exhibition was originally on display in the museum from 6th October 2018 - 24th March 2019.


The Higgins Bedford has collaborated with The Higgins Black History Panel, The University of Hertfordshire, Nubian Teachings, The Retired Caribbean Nurses Association (RCNA Bedford), The Miracle Church of God in Christ, MAK Studios, The University of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire Archives, and members of the public to collect the stories and photographs presented in this exhibition.