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Memories of Caribbean migrants to be recorded by charity

PIONEERS: These Caribbean migrants, who arrived in the UK in1948 on the Empire Windrush helped shape towns like Slough

THE MEMORIES of Slough's Caribbean community are to be recorded as part of a special oral history project.

Remember The Times, which has just been granted Heritage Lottery funding, will tell the story of how Caribbean residents helped rebuild the Berkshire town after World War II.


The project, run by the Slough West Indian People's Enterprise (Swipe), will culminate next spring with a book, an exhibition, book, a DVD and live performances.

Slough was a central place for migrants from the Caribbean island of Anguilla.

Project co-ordinators will speak to those who set up businesses in the town and those who became black community activists.

They are looking for interviewees aged 50-plus of West Indian heritage - either born in the Caribbean or second generation born in the UK - who have a strong link to Slough and can share stories about working on the Slough Trading Estate and musical events in the town.

The charity has been granted £53,600 to work with Slough Museum to record, archive and showcase the stories of day-to-day life for Caribbean people in the 1950s and 1960s.

Clo Jeffrey, from Swipe, said the funding had allowed them to come "a step closer" to preserving their history.

“We're delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant. It's great to know that we are a step closer to preserving this history for younger generations."

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