Huddersfield, 3 June 2023 – The much-anticipated ‘Paraffinalia’ exhibition, a celebratory and thought-provoking showcase marking the 75th anniversary of Windrush, officially opened its doors on Saturday. Hosted by Kirklees Local TV in partnership with Kirklees Council, this informative exhibition takes place in Huddersfield town centre, captivating visitors with its captivating displays.
The exhibition, held at Unit 42-44, The Piazza (ex-Poundworld Unit), witnessed a substantial number of visitors during its opening event, creating an atmosphere of celebration and learning. Visitors were enthralled by the diverse exhibits that pay homage to the Windrush Generation’s immense contributions to British society and Black British History.
Louise Muhammad, Creative Director, and Lead Curator, expressed her excitement about the exhibition, saying, “The Windrush generation symbolises courage, resilience, and solidarity. Despite adversity, they’ve inspired generations and significantly contributed to British society and Black British History.
“Honouring their legacy, we must acknowledge their struggles and continue celebrating their influence in shaping our diverse borough of Kirklees and the UK. The exhibition is a celebration, a fitting tribute to remember the Windrush Generation with infinite gratitude and respect.”
Dr Milton Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Kirklees Local TV, emphasized the importance of recognizing the Windrush Generation’s impact, stating, “Through the ‘Paraffinalia’ exhibition, we honour the past and look forward to a future where unity and mutual understanding are central to our society.
“The Windrush Generation’s resilience, creativity, and accomplishments deserve commemoration, and we invite everyone to join us this June to participate in this celebration.”
The opening event featured notable speakers, including representatives from Kirklees Council’s Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employee network, Creative Director Louise Muhammad, Dr Milton Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Kirklees Local TV, Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Cahal Burke, Paul Levene, and Pastor Annette Armstrong. Their presence added significance to the occasion, acknowledging the cultural and historical importance of the exhibition.
Funding for the ‘Paraffinalia’ exhibition has been granted through the Windrush Day Grant Scheme 2023 by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. This support highlights the government’s commitment to recognizing and commemorating the Windrush Generation’s enduring legacy.
Councillor Cahal Burke, Mayor of Kirklees, expressed his appreciation for the exhibition, stating, “It was an honour to open ‘Paraffinalia’, an exhibition that encapsulates the Windrush generations’ rich history, dreams, and contributions.
“The celebration is a testament to their resilience, honours their impact on our society, and paves the way for further understanding and unity among all communities.”
The ‘Paraffinalia’ exhibition will remain open until Friday, 30 June 2023, welcoming visitors from 11 am to 4 pm every Wednesday to Saturday. This commemorative event invites the community to come together, learn, and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the Windrush Generation.
For more information and updates about the ‘Paraffinalia’ exhibition, please visit www.kirkleeslocaltv.com