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Rare recordings of Windrush generation now available online

Solihull Editorial 24th Oct, 2021   0

AUDIO recordings of people who arrived in Birmingham as part of the Windrush Generation are being made available online for the first time by Birmingham Museums.

The oral histories, which were recorded in the 1990s, feature the life stories of four people who came to the UK from the Caribbean in the 1940s to the 1960s.

Deposited in the City Sound Archive at Birmingham Museums, they were previously only available to researchers on CD.

Two decades later the recordings have now been digitised and catalogued and can be listened to via Birmingham Museums’ online library at dams.birminghammuseums.org.uk




The recordings were the result of the Birmingham Black Oral History Project, established in 1990 with the aim of preserving the memories of the oldest living generation of African Caribbean and South Asian migrants to Birmingham by recording, preserving and maintaining an archive of oral history and photographic material.

The wider collection of recordings includes the life testimonies of 19 people with more than 40 hours of content.


The digitisation of the Birmingham Black Oral History Project has been made possible with a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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