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Hull institutions looking for locals to help record Caribbean Culture for Windrush Day

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Hull is marking Windrush Day today by launching ’70 Objeks and Tings’ in partnership with Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum.

’70 Objeks and Tings’ invites local people to get involved with creating a new book exploring, discovering and recording Caribbean culture in Hull together with an interactive culture trail.

As part of the programme, local people will be able to pick up free copies of Museumand’s current book ’70 Objeks & Tings – Celebrating 70 Years of Caribbean people in the UK’ in libraries around Hull for a fun and inspiring way to learn more about the Windrush Generation.

Windrush Day was launched by the government in 2018, in the wake of the Windrush Scandal, which has seen members of the Windrush Generation unfairly detained, deported and denied NHS healthcare and state benefits. The date, 22 June, was chosen as it marked the 70th anniversary of the SS Empire Windrush’s arrival at Tilbury Docks – the ship that brought the first of the pioneering Windrush Generation to the UK in 1948. Since 2018, the day has become an annual national celebration of the Windrush Generation’s contribution to the UK.

The book’s title is a nod to patois, a traditional form of language for many Caribbeans, with ‘objeks and tings’ referring to the things that Caribbeans, especially those of the Windrush Generation, hold dear and are important to them. Each chapter is full of fun facts, insights and stories exploring Caribbean food and homes in the UK hair, beauty and dress, and culture.

Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum is inviting local people in Hull to help them create a new book and local cultural trail. They want people to get involved as researchers, guides and collectors of artefacts, and for individuals and communities to share their stories and experiences. Both the book and culture trail will also contribute to an online version of the project, providing a legacy for future generations in Hull and beyond.

Catherine Ross, Founder and Director of Museumand, said:

“Working in Hull with the city’s heritage organisations, communities and local people will be an exhilarating experience for the Museumand team and we hope that everyone will join us to tell the story of Hull’s black and Caribbean communities. The plans we have for sharing Caribbean heritage from Windrush Day on 22 June right through to the end of the year will showcase the amazing talent in the region and our signature approach – fun, learning and a passion for heritage.

“We want to show the common thread in the stories of all the different peoples that have made their home in Hull, and we hope the programme will resonate with all cultures and communities. We are all connected, wherever we are from.”

Councillor Aneesa Akbar, Hull City Council portfolio holder for communities said:

“There’s no doubt that the influence of Caribbean people from the Windrush generation and their descendants enrich our culture in Hull. The ’70 Objeks and Tings’ is a very exciting project, with lots of opportunities for residents to interact with it, raise understanding and celebrate the Caribbean community’s remarkable contribution to our city’s heritage.”

The programme has been put together by Museumand in partnership with Hull City Council, Hull Libraries, Hull Museums, the University of Hull, the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation and Visit Hull and East Yorkshire.

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