The Windrush Generation
- The arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in June 1948 at Tilbury Dock, Essex, in England, marked the beginning of post-war mass migration.
- USA 'preferred destination'
The ship had made an 8,000 mile journey from the Caribbean to London with 492 passengers on board from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands.
Most of the passengers were ex-servicemen seeking work. This marked the beginning of post-war mass migration.
When they walked down the gangplank onto British soil they could not have imagined that their journey would begin an important landmark in the history of London and the rest of country.
The passengers on board the Windrush were invited to come to Britain after World War Two, to assist with labour shortages.
Many of the passengers had fought for Britain during the war. They later became known as the 'Windrush Generation.'