War To Windrush: Black Women in Britain 1939-1948

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Tuesday 16 October. 7pm

War To Windrush: Black Women in Britain 1939-1948

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of both the arrival of the Empire Windrush and the birth of the National Health Service, cinema and social historian

Stephen Bourne

shines a light on the lives and roles of black women in Britain over the last seven decades.

Highlighting those figures who played a distinct role in this pivotal time in British history, Bourne will discuss how black women contributed significantly to the rebuilding of post-war Britain—paying homage not just to those better-known figures such as Lilian Bader, Nadia Cattouse and Norma Bestand, but the unknown and ‘ordinary’ women that often go unsung.

Stephen will be in conversation with Jacke Holder, followed by an audience Q&A.

Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road

£8 standard/£5 Student or Foyalty member*. When purchasing a Student or Foyalty ticket, you’ll need to bring a valid in-date Student card or Foyalty card with you. To order ticket go to:


Stephen’s new book is in paperback at £12.99


£2 from every copy sold of War to Windrush will be donated

by Jacaranda Books to the Windrush Justice Fund.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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