Across Black History Month 2020, the windows of Catford’s Broadway Theatre will be transformed into an exhibition space telling the story of the passengers who arrived on the MV Empire Windrush and of post-war Caribbean settlement in the UK.
Presented in two parts, the exhibition displays recreations of 86 landing cards, representing each passenger who gave their proposed destination as a South London postcode, and an installation recreating a mid-century Caribbean Front Room. The Caribbean front room has become a mythical space; a space remembered for its ornamentation, colour-clash and kitsch. Based on research by Goldsmiths designer, Rose Sinclair, the Caribbean Front Room installation recreates a mid-century Caribbean living room, with a special emphasis on textiles and craft. Based on research by Goldsmiths historian, Dr John Price, the landing cards are reimagined versions of the original cards destroyed by the Home Office in 2010. The information they contain is derived from a transcription of the passenger list held at The National Archives.
Venue: The Broadway Theatre cafe windows, Catford Rd, Catford, London SE6 4RU