Audio and Video

Marcia Rollins is from Barbados. She left the island when she was 19 and spent 40 years working as a nurse in the NHS and finished her career as a Registered Nurse – this is her story.

The history of black Caribbean people in the UK is long and varied but there will always be one event that is forever linked with our past in this country and that is the arrival of the Empire Windrush in June 1948.

My video montage posted below (with captions) charts the arrival of the Windrush which had 490 people on board from Jamaica and Trinidad.

Walter Tull was born in Kent in 1888 – his father was Barbadian and his mother was English. Tull became a professional footballer when he signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 1909. He volunteered to join the army during WWI and became the first ever black British officer. Click on the audio below to hear more about Walter Tull.

Barbadian Joe Straughn moved to the UK in 1965 after being recruited to work on London’s buses. Joe worked for London Transport for 10 years including three years as a bus conductor – take a listen to his story.



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