Windrush: Arrival 1948


Explore 1,027 individual landing cards representing each passenger who arrived on the MV Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks on 22 June 1948.

Windrush passenger landing cards have been reimagined and recreated to represent those destroyed by the Home Office in 2010.

Based on a new transcription of the Windrush passenger list held at The National Archives, the landing cards reflect a single pivotal moment in the life of each passenger; a snapshot of hope, opportunity and uncertainty. 

The project started as an exhibition at Goldsmiths. It was conceived and curated by Dr John Price, Head of the Department of History, in collaboration with Will Cenci, Public Engagement Manager.

Windrush Online Exhibition

Windrush: Arrival 1948 online

Search the passenger list and see recreated landing cards.

You can filter by name, port of embarkation, gender, martial status, age, residence and occupation.

Windrush: Arrival 1948 at Goldsmiths 

From 21 January - 21 February 2019, more than 1000 cards went on display at Goldsmiths. 

The theme of ‘arriving in London’ was also explored in a Conversation Booth project, which collates oral histories into an ever-changing speech collage. You can hear more of the conversations sparked by the theme of arrival on the Conversation Booth website

Windrush: Arrival 1948 at City Hall

An exhibition of 340 landing cards is on display at City Hall.

17 June - 21 July

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Windrush: Arrival 1948 at Lewisham Shopping Centre

A selection of the landing cards will also be on display to visitors to Lewisham Shopping Centre. 

UNIT 4 East Mall
10 August - 1 November
More details on the Lewisham Shopping Centre website