Patrick Vernon OBE to speak at Windrush Day in Brighton, BME Heritage Network

  • South East, Brighton
  • film, literature, museums, music, theatre, diversity
  • Amy Zamarripa Solis


Please join us at this free educational event on 22 June to honour Windrush Day with Patrick Vernon OBE, social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian. 

Windrush Presence 2020 Launch event 

Mon 22 June 7.30-8.45pm.

Free, but booking required:

Running Order:

7.30pm Arrivals and introductions

7.35pm Poetry performed by Akila Richards

7.40pm Film Presentation by Diversity Lewes

7.45pm Bert and Shirley Williams – Reminiscence and personal reflections on Windrush Generation

7.55pm Live Musician presented by African Night Fever

8.05pm Keynote speech – Patrick Vernon

8.15pm Panel Q&A –Patrick Vernon, Bert and Shirley Williams; Chaired by Jenny Williams

8.30pm Writing our Legacy presents Caroline Stride

8.35pm Poetry performed by Akila Richards

8.40pm Close

Patrick Vernon – Guest Speaker

Since 2010 Patrick has been leading the campaign for Windrush Day and in 2018 kick started the campaign for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation as part of the Windrush Scandal which led to a government U-turn in immigration policy and resignation of Amber Rudd as Home Secretary. Patrick was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his work in tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities in Britain. In 2018 Patrick was an honorary PhD by Wolverhampton University for his work on migration history and equalities. 

Brighton & Hove BME Heritage Network 

The Brighton & Hove BME Heritage Network is a group of community-based researchers, artists and activists with a shared interest in BME heritage and culture, formed in 2014 and who meet regularly at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery for coffee mornings, talks and training events.

Network aims are:

  1. To enable BME groups  to share resources and network around heritage 
  2. To provide case studies of good practice to encourage and inspire groups and individuals to engage more in heritage activity
  3. To enable Royal Pavilion & Museums to develop partnerships and improve  working relationships with locally-based BME communities
  4. To provide space for sharing resources and networking in order to increase BME people’s interest and capacity to engage with heritage activity and access museum services more effectively