22 June—24 June 2023

Windrush 75: Stories Through Film

Trace Mulzac wearing green jacket

Trace Mulzac, who has curated the programme for Windrush 75: Stories through Film

Bristol Museums are marking Windrush Day through a dedicated film programme highlighting the journey of Bristol’s Afrikan-Caribbean community from the 1940s. Curated by Trace Mulzac, founder of DET Entertainment, the films will be screened on a Vintage Mobile Cinema Bus in Broadmead from Windrush Day on 22 June until 24 June.

You can hop on board to learn more about the Windrush story and to celebrate 75 years since the first wave of Caribbean migrants arrived in the UK on the Windrush in June 1948. It is a major national moment to reflect on this shared history, and to be inspired by the Windrush stories captured on film.

The people of the Windrush Generation were invited to replace labour shortages in post war Britain and to help rebuild the nation devastated by the Blitz. However, they did not receive the warm welcome that they had expected. It was a big culture shock for the new arrivals who faced colour bars, housing discrimination and outright hostility from the likes of teddy boys.

The films include rarely seen archival film footage about everyday experiences such as the challenges of securing accommodation to memorable moments like the first St Paul’s Carnival and the successful Bristol Bus Boycott campaign which ended the colour bar to employment on Bristol buses and led to creation of the first Race Relations Act in 1965.

The films even give fascinating insights into historical landmarks that are no longer with us like the legendary Bamboo Club which hosted influential bands like Bob Marley and the Wailers and the Mighty Diamonds.

The films will also be screened at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 22 June.

With thanks

Windrush 75: Stories Through Film is part of Bristol’s Summer of Film Takeover presented by Bristol UNESCO City of film and partners.

The premiere of award-winning, local filmmaker Clive Smith’s new film Bristol’s Afrikan-Caribbean Legends of Martial Arts will be screened at a special event at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on 22 June. By ticket only.

The national Windrush 75 Network helps to broaden public recognition of the contribution of the original Windrush Pioneers, as well as increasing public understanding of the history of race and migration to Britain across the decades.