From the 1950s, people from St Vincent settled in High Wycombe. This exhibition hears the stories of their children who grew up here.
What did it mean for them to fit in?
Exhibition runs Friday 25 Feb – Sunday 15 May 2022
From the 1950s people from the Caribbean Island of St Vincent came to High Wycombe. Early Vincentanians were sent by the Home Office, but more followed to join family, and to work in the local chair-making trades. Many settled here and saved up to bring their children to England. Others married locals and started their family here.
What was it like to be a child born to the new residents of High Wycombe? From those brought over from the Caribbean to those born in England, what were their experiences of school, family and the community. From stories of racism at primary school, tolerance among work colleagues, and police brutality this exhibition explores what it meant for these children to fit in.
The exhibition has been brought together from a series of conversations between members of our local community. For some it is the first time they have spoken about their childhood.
Fitting In runs Friday 25 Feb – Sunday 15 May 2022 at Wycombe Museum.
This exhibition has been made possible with the support of Near Neighbours.
Wycombe Museum Galleries
Tues - Fri: 10am - 4pm
Sun: 10.30am - 4pm
Windsor Chair Cafe
Tues - Fri: Open 10am – 3pm
Sun: Open 10.30am – 3pm
Wycombe Museum Gardens
Tues - Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 10.30am - 5pm