In October of 2020, we were proud to unveil an exhibition that was the product of a lot of work and local collboration. We Are The Windrush Generation was spearheaded by Daffodil Forbes, who has been involved with Wycombe Museum as a volunteer and freelancer for many years. With help from the Museum, family, and friends in the community, Daffodil produced this wonderful exhibition celebrating the mark that the Windrush Generation and their descendants have left on High Wycombe and the surrounding area, and the impact the the area has had on them. The exhibition’s opening coincided with Black History Month, and was available to the public in the Museum’s Pop-Up in The Eden Shopping Centre in the centre of the town.
This exhibtion was made possible not only through Daffodil’s effort, but also through the generous support of The Church Urban Fund, who provided the funding for the production of the exhibtion.
The Church Urban Fund also supported other activities related to this project. While the exhibition was still in production in June, The Windrush Generation team put together other events to celebrate Wycombe’s Windrush community and their impacts. First came Wycombe Windrush 2020, an hours-long, fun-filled Zoom party attended virtually by over 100 guests to enjoy talks, dancing, quizzes, singing, steel pan playing, and much more from local people in their homes. The Wycombe Windrush 2020 team put together a highlight reel of some of the best bits from the five-hour long event, and would love for you to take a look at some of what we enjoyed!
The Museum also hosted performances by the VIBES STEEL PAN BAND at the exhibition on 31st October to round out Black History Month.
Wycombe Museum would like to thank all of those involved in the exhibition – everyone who contributed their photos and stories, everyone who helped produce the exhibition and acompanying events, and finally to The Church Urban Fund for making it all possible.