Major labour protests and rebellions swept across the Caribbean between 1934 and 1938, demanding economic investment, better wages, land reform and political independence. The British government called for an investigation into the causes of the rebellions. The report, known as The Moyne Report after Lord Moyne who headed the commission, was written in 1938. However, due to its portrayal of desperate living and working conditions it was not published until 1945. Though considered controversial in Britain, many Caribbeans felt the recommendations of the commission did not go far enough. In particular, the report did not advocate for political independence.

These photographs are part of the reports on education, housing and employment. Also shown here is an extract from the report’s ‘Conclusions and Recommendations’.