Write Here: Windrush Stories - Sessions for Secondary Schools

- , 10:30 and 13:00 FREE
Three school students discuss their task in an exhibition gallery
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Join us for a school workshop exploring this new Entrance Hall exhibition. Inspired by the exhibition, this creative writing session will see learners develop original pieces in response to works and objects on display. Learners will take in the exhibition narrative and explore individual stories, using these as the starting point for original writing responses. Workshops support literacy, creativity and critical enquiry.

About the exhibition
Welcomed by some as ‘Sons of Empire.’ Vilified by those spreading fears of a ‘black invasion.’ 70 years since the Empire Windrush carried hundreds of migrants to London, hear the Caribbean voices behind the 1940s headlines. Why did people come? What did they leave behind? And how did they shape Britain?

Learn about the Jamaican feminist poet Una Marson, who became the first black woman employed by the BBC. Read Trinidadian J J Thomas’s scathing rebuttal of English colonialism. See the manuscripts of Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island and Benjamin Zephaniah's poem What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us. And listen to the sounds of the Caribbean, from jazz and calypso to the speeches of Marcus Garvey and personal reflections from some of the first Caribbean nurses to join the NHS. Find out more about the exhibition

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Exhibition workshops for Primary schools and Study Sessions for Secondary History.


Age group: Years 7 - 13
When: - , 10:30 and 13:00
Length: 90 minutes
Group size:

Minimum 10 learners, maximum 30 learners per session

Key skills: English, literacy, History, critical thinking, creativity
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: British Library St Pancras
Enquiries: 020 7412 7797
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