RGS Guildford courtyard with students

English & History Trip to London

Upper Sixth English Literature and History students enhanced their study of the Windrush generation by visiting the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in South Kensington. The day began with a visit to the African and Caribbean War Memorial in Windrush Square, commemorating those who served in the First and Second World Wars.

At the BCA, students engaged in a workshop, exploring the migration experiences of Caribbean individuals in the UK. They delved into archival material and historical artifacts, connecting the content to Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners. The visit also included an exhibition on Black resistance to scientific bias.

In the afternoon, the group visited the V&A for the Windrush 75th anniversary exhibition, “Between Two Worlds: Vanley Burke and Francis Williams.” The exhibition showcased portraits of Jamaican scholars, inviting reflections on identity quests and colonial legacies. The students also explored the “Celebrating Windrush” display, where visitors shared their biographical Windrush stories on the wall.