ABOUT THE RESEARCH
The starting point for my research is the arrival of the Empire Windrush to Britain in 1948, which carried West Indian immigrants to the UK. The arrival of the Empire Windrush marked the beginning of mass immigration of Caribbean people to the UK, my Granddad being one of them. Listening to my Granddad’s personal experiences of arriving in the UK from St Lucia, and seeing his photographs documenting his experiences are key sources of inspiration for this collection. As well as looking at my own personal connection to the Windrush, the work of photographers who documented the Black British experience from 1948 onwards, including Neil Kenlock, Raphael Albert and, Colin Jones, are also a source of inspiration, especially looking at the clothing that was worn. With this as a starting point, this collection also explores the Black British domestic experience, focusing on the West Indian Front Room. Looking at significant objects, ornaments and souvenirs people used to decorate their living space. Lastly, this collection considers what the passengers of the Empire Windrush left behind; the Caribbean home, nature and crafts.
My research is an exploration of my own personal identity as a Black British Londoner.