Arts & Culture

Windrush Generation Celebrations with A Nice Cup of Tea and a Caribbean Sitting Room at the Museum of Oxford

By The Cowley News Team at

Continuing the year of celebrations and events in acknowledgement of the Windrush Generation ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’ and ‘Caribbean Sitting Room’ are highly collaborative projects designed to discover what a cup of tea can tell us about global trade and exploitation.

Pooling resources from across Oxford city, community and university, ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’ has five main projects inspired by the 18th century porcelain collection in the Ashmolean Museum.

TEA PARTY, as reviewed in the last issue of Leys News, was held in July as part of the Oxford Arts Festival and included performances from Euton Daley and Amantha Edmead.

TEA CHEST is a handling exhibition assembled for community and school groups.

TEA SHOP is a community led and curated exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum.

TEA TABLE, also at the Ashmolean, is a forum to debate the legacy of slavery and empire. Myfanwy Lloyd, historian and museum consultant described this as a deconstruction of the university’s high-table; everyone is welcome at the tea table.

TEA TALES explores the concept through artistic and creative performances involving community groups and young people. Euton and Amantha described this intergenerational project as “investigating some of the cultural upheaval generated by the Windrush relocation.”

All of these are running over the next year, and are well worth keeping an eye out for.

In the meantime you can visit ‘A Caribbean Sitting Room’ the first community exhibition held in the Museum of Oxford’s Micro-Museum, here you can find out about the experiences of the Windrush generation from the voices of local people along with authentic costumes by East Oxford’s BK LUWO. The exhibition runs at the Museum of Oxford until 23 March 2019.

A Nice Cup of Tea and the Caribbean Sitting Room exhibition have been made possible through a wide collaboration of individuals, community groups and organisations across Oxford city including; the African Caribbean Cultural Heritage Initiative (ACCHI), BK LUWO, Oxford city council, The Windrush planning group, Common ground Oxford, The Museum of Oxford, The Pit-Rivers museum, The Ashmolean museum, TORCH and Oxford Arts Consultants.

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