Images showing West Indian migrants arriving at London’s Waterloo station in May 1962

Made:
1962-05 in United Kingdom
maker:
Howard Grey
In May 1962, a then 20-year-old photographer, Howard Grey In May 1962, a then 20-year-old photographer, Howard Grey In May 1962, a then 20-year-old photographer, Howard Grey

In May 1962, a then 20-year-old photographer, Howard Grey
Howard Grey

In May 1962, a then 20-year-old photographer, Howard Grey
Howard Grey

In May 1962, a then 20-year-old photographer, Howard Grey
Howard Grey

37 photographic prints taken by Howard Grey showing West Indian migrants arriving at London’s Waterloo station in May 1962 on the boat train from Southampton to Waterloo. The light conditions had meant that the original negatives had not developed properly but were recovered 50 years later using digital technology.

Includes posed and unposed images of passengers looking out of railway carriages and disembarking onto the platform; crowds of people including women with children; images show ticketing equipment and refreshment stands; piles of luggage on platforms; luggage being selected, secured, and carried; passengers talking to station staff; families who appear to be waiting for passengers on platforms; people embracing; a news crew recording footage

In May 1962, a then 20-year-old photographer, Howard Grey, went to Waterloo railway station to capture photographs of the last group of West Indian migrants arriving in Britain before the British government’s Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1962 came into force. The Act ended automatic settlement rights in Britain for Citizens of the UK and Colonies (CUKCs) and Commonwealth citizens, who had been encouraged to move to Britain to address labour shortages in the aftermath of the Second World War. People who moved from the West Indies to live and work in Britain during the period 1948-1971 have since been known as the 'Windrush generation', named after the ship, the Empire Windrush, which carried the first large group of West Indian migrants from Kingston, Jamaica to Tilbury, Britain.

Details

Category:
Photographic Collections (Railway)
Collection:
Howard Grey Windrush Photographic Print Collection
Object Number:
2022-21
Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Measurements:
overall: 270 mm x 300 mm
type:
photography

Parts

Male passengers looking out of a window of a railway carriage with destination board for 'Southampton Docks' onto a crowded station platform

Male passengers looking out of a window of a railway carriage with destination board for 'Southampton Docks' onto a crowded station platform

Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Object Number:
2022-21/1
type:
photography
Man standing next to a pillar underneath a sign reading 'Through here for trains to Charing Cross (Strand) London Bridge and South East platforms (A. B. C. & D.)

Man standing next to a pillar underneath a sign reading 'Through here for trains to Charing Cross (Strand) London Bridge and South East platforms (A. B. C. & D.)

Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Object Number:
2022-21/2
type:
photography
Girl looking through platform gates next to a platform ticket machine and destination board for 'Portsmouth Harbour and Isle of Wight'

Girl looking through platform gates next to a platform ticket machine and destination board for 'Portsmouth Harbour and Isle of Wight'

Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Object Number:
2022-21/7
type:
photography
Men looking at and walking thorugh a pile of luggage on a splatform next to a carriage seen through platform railings

Men looking at and walking thorugh a pile of luggage on a splatform next to a carriage seen through platform railings

Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Object Number:
2022-21/12
type:
photography
People picking suitcases from a pile of luggage on a platform next to a railway carriage viewed through railings

People picking suitcases from a pile of luggage on a platform next to a railway carriage viewed through railings

Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Object Number:
2022-21/18
type:
photography
Man picking up a package labelled '1/2 dozen 4230-4231-0 Lamp fount asst...' from a pile of luggage next to a pillar

Man picking up a package labelled '1/2 dozen 4230-4231-0 Lamp fount asst...' from a pile of luggage next to a pillar

Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Object Number:
2022-21/19
type:
photography
Men picking up a suitcase and instrument case marked as belonging to 'J. Campbell' from a pile of luggage on a platform

Men picking up a suitcase and instrument case marked as belonging to 'J. Campbell' from a pile of luggage on a platform

Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Object Number:
2022-21/20
type:
photography