Wycombe Museum celebrates Black History Month 2021 with a selection of events.
With support from The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Near Neighbours.
Book readings & talks from author K.N. Chimbiri
Saturday 23rd October, Wycombe Museum Pop-Up @ Eden Centre
Hear children’s author Kandace N. Chimbiri read from and talk about her books on black history. Presented by Wycombe Museum and Akacia Saturday School in celebration of Black History Month. With thanks to Near Neighbours and The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.
These events are free and no booking is required – just drop in.
The Story of Afro Hair
Hear children’s author Kandace N. Chimbiri read from her book The Story of Afro Hair and discuss the afro comb, celebrating the history, fashion and syles of Afro hair over the last 5,000 years.
From plaits to Gisbon Girl, cornrows to locks, the hi-top fade to funki dreds, The Story of Afro Hair is the ultimate book of Afro hairstories.
The Story of the Windrush
Hear children’s author Kandace N. Chimbiri read her book The Story of the Windrush, celebrating the inspiring legacy of the Windrush pioneers.
In June 1948, hundreds of Caribbean men, women and children arrived in London on a ship called the HMT Empire Windrush.
Combining historical fact with voices from the Windrush Generation, to the inspiring story of the Windrush Generation.
There’s Something about Wycombe – Original Theatre
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th October at Hilltop Community Centre
The story of one man’s move across the world from St. Vincent to High Wycombe, and the community he found there. Based on a true story.
March, 1958. Sully Edmonson has travelled from the Caribbean, across the Atlantic Ocean at the invitation of the British Government who had promised its Commonwealth Citizens work and a better life in England. However, upon arrival, he is unimpressed with the “Mother Country”. Set in his plan to go back home, Sully make his first and final trip to say his goodbyes to the family and friends who have chosen to stay. He soon finds that Wycombe is unlike anywhere else he’s been.
Based on true accounts and recollections from Wycombe’s very own Windrush Generation, “There’ Something About High Wycombe” weaves together both joy and heartbreak to retell the trials, tribulations, the highs and the lows of settling in Wycombe.
We Are The Windrush Legacy
Exhibition at Wycombe Museum Pop-Up @ Eden Centre
Closes Sunday 31st October
It’s your last chance to visit We Are The Windrush Legacy exhibtion before it closes on 31st October – there have been now additions made to the exhibition for Black History Month.
On 21st June 1948 the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, and changed the course of British history. Invited from the Caribbean as British citizens, some 1000 servicemen and civilians arrived in the UK to help rebuild a war-scarred nation. For the next 33 years, people from the Commonwealth journeyed to Britain to forge new lives for themselves, and enriched this nation with their contributions. These people are now collectively known as the Windrush Generation.
Although Wycombe was a popular destination for those coming from the Caribbean, the stories of these people are often overlooked. As a result, Wycombe’s position within Windrush history nationally has gone understated. Today, we present a record of the last 70 years from our perspective. From black and white to colour, from outside to in, from excluded to integral. This is Wycombe’s Windrush Legacy.
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