Migration Museum 2019

Caribbean Takeaway Takeover: Identities and Stories pop-up Exhibition. At the Migration Museum London
30 May – 28 July 2019 

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For a limited time only, the inspired art and sound installation Caribbean Takeaway Takeover: Identities and Stories pop-up exhibition will be at the Migration Museum in London 30thMay-28 July 2019. The programme will include a Caribbean Activity day and spoken word event on the 22 June as part of the countrywide Windrush Day celebrations. An education workshop will be programmed and on 27thJune an Artist Talk will be held as part of the Museum’s TalkART Lates series. This project is in partnership with the Migration Museum and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The Art installation features limited edition photo-etchings of twelve Windrush Generation elders produced by Artist EVEWRIGHT along with audio interviews compiled by his team at Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF). The installation is an immersive experience with walls and tabletops covered in vinyl’s with photographs and documents of participants to reflect their lives and memories. This pop-up exhibition will take place at the migration museum in Lambeth.

The Caribbean takeaway is an important cultural meeting place in the Caribbean community. A home from home, the kitchen is where meals are prepared, but also where stories are exchanged and shared. Going back to African roots, cooking and the Dutch pot or cooking pot was the central place for the family activity. The takeaway has just as much cultural importance as the barbershop and the hairdressing salon for black communities living and working in the UK. S&S Caribbean Takeaway in Essex was the original takeover location for the art installation which will now be brought to London at the migration museum.

The Breathing space café at the museum will be taken over, repurposed and transformed into an art installation where sound recordings of these Windrush Pioneers will be played throughout the day. Listen to Alford Gardner’s experience on the Empire Windrush in 1948, hear how these elders tackled racism, and how through their perseverance and resilience they were able to overcome barriers to make a life in Britain and the impact they have made on Britain today.

One of our Windrush elders who took part in the project said.

“This is an excellent idea to keep history alive. Black people need to know where they come from, to help them to move forward.” Carol Sydney.

Visitors will be encouraged to commemorate their own parent’s arrival by adding their own stories to passport postcards on our memorial wall. Or comment online at

https://caribbeantakeawaytakeover.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/beautiful-stories/

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