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British Future: Why the Windrush matters today

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A report from British Future looking at the 75th anniversary of Windrush and what it could mean for diversity and race in the UK.

Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Windrush on 22 June, a new report from British Future, ‘Why the Windrush matters today,‘ provides a ‘state of the nation’ picture of public attitudes to race and diversity in Britain today.

The report draws on new public attitudes research by Focaldata, with large samples of Black Caribbean and other ethic minority respondents, together with a series of discussion groups across the country. It examines in detail public attitudes towards race, identity and prejudice in the UK today and also looks at what people know and feel about the Windrush, how we should commemorate its 75th anniversary and what we should do now to tackle prejudice and bring people together.

‘Why the Windrush matters today‘ also contains an overview of Windrush 75 events happening across the country and facts about the Windrush; plus a series of first-person Windrush stories and perspectives on what Windrush 75 means for different sectors like business, sport and heritage and how we should teach children about Windrush in schools.

The report was principally funded by Spirit of 2012 as part of our Moments To Connect funding round, which sought to explore how the key events of 2023 and beyond could inspire connection in communities as recommended by the Power of Events Inquiry.


The arrival of HMT Windrush is an event which is indelibly woven into the fabric of this country. Seventy-five years later, we have the opportunity to use the anniversary of Windrush as a springboard towards closer communities and greater understanding. Anniversaries like these are major national moments which – with careful planning and consideration of legacy – can bring people from across divides together in celebration, much like the other huge events which have taken place in 2023.

Ruth Hollis
Chief Executive, Spirit of 2012


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