The Archives+ Digital Journalists have been delving into our oral history collections to learn about experiences of the Windrush Generation here in Manchester. Here’s an insight into the life of one of the many ordinary/extraordinary members of this generation; Euton Christian.
You can learn more about Mr Christian in the Roots Oral History Project collection and the Exploring our Roots Collection.
This year marks seventy years since the Empire Windrush set sail from the West Indies and docked in the UK on June 22nd 1948.
Originally sent to bring servicemen who were on leave from the British armed forces back to the UK, because of the size of the ship, hundreds of others were offered the chance to join them on board to fill up space, for a £28 fee. These men were attracted to the idea of life in Britain for a variety of reasons; including the high unemployment rate in Caribbean countries, and Britain being presented throughout the education system as the loving mother-country filled with opportunities.
The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre in Manchester Central Library has an extensive collection of material relating to those who came over on the Windrush from the West Indies and settled in Manchester, including several oral history projects. It was…
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Great to have another individual from the Roots Oral History Project collection and the Exploring our Roots Collection highlighted. Barrington Young was another similarly amazing human being… It’s also great to know researchers from the Archive+ initiatives are using our the AIU Centre collections, and that through this knowledge of these wonderful resources will be spread further and further round the region as well as further afield!
Indeed – they are an inspiring generation, it’s a privilege to be able to preserve and share their life stories, Watch this space, more from the Archives+ volunteer bloggers soon…