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The 3-year AHRC funded project, The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context (ending in June 2024), provides a unique study of the Windrush Scandal in Britain in the context of UK-Caribbean and Commonwealth transnational relations.  In this talk Dr Juanita Cox will focus on research outputs and the resources which are being  made available for use by  academics, students producing undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, secondary school teachers and interested parties outside of the academy. 

This will include an overview of the project’s website, where audio excerpts from sixty major oral history interviews of one-to-four hours in length, are being made available alongside podcasts, and other educational material.  The talk will also speak to some of project’s findings based on interviews with respondents from a wide range of backgrounds including: survivors of the scandal and their advocates e.g., church  elders, lawyers, journalists, MPs, councillors, diplomats, community leaders, campaigners and activists; Home Office officials; Caribbean NGOs, academics and museum workers.  Dr Cox hopes in doing so to offer a glimpse into the complex story of the Windrush Scandal from its long historical perspective. 

June-Elizabeth White-Smith-Gulley will also be speaking about her experience of being interviewed for the project and the role she has played as a campaigner and Windrush advocate, providing critical support to Windrush compensation scheme applicants.

Juanita Cox gained her PhD in 2013 from the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham, and is a winner of the prestigious RE Bradbury Memorial Prize. She is currently working at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) on a three-year, AHRC-funded project, The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth Context.  Cox has a keen interest in oral history as a research methodology working with Caribbean communities.   She is a trustee on the board of the Oral History Society (OHS), the convenor of their Migration Special Interest Group (SIG) and a member of the OHS’s In Dialogue steering committee. Future plans include a jointly-authored monograph on The Windrush Scandal in a Transnational and Commonwealth context.

June-Elizabeth White-Smith-Gulley was a founder member of Northampton Black History Association as well as co-founder of Northampton Windrush Generation and Descendants UK.  She has worked tirelessly as a member and supporter of numerous charities in the voluntary sector over many years.  She is a core member of the Windrush National Organisation, a Northampton Cultural Ambassador and published author.  She was interviewed as a respondent on the Windrush Scandal project on 8th April 2022 in her capacity as an advocate with a long history of working with the Black British Caribbean community in UK and more recently with the wider Commonwealth.

All welcome- this event is free to attend, but booking is required.