The government has announced that communities across England will receive a share of £500,000 to host events marking the third annual Windrush Day on 22 June.

A total of 42 projects will be funded, with a particular focus on working with schools and recording the memories and experiences of the Windrush Generation.

Chair of the Windrush Community Funds and Windrush Schemes group Paulette Simpson CBE said: “This year we have focused on schools to share stories about the Windrush Generation and their descendants, so that children will know, and always remember, the enormous contributions the Windrush Generation made and continue to make for this country.”

The MV Empire Windrush docked at the Port of Tilbury on 21 June 1948 carrying hundreds of passengers from the Caribbean, as well as many from elsewhere, who were hoping for a new life in the UK. However, the passengers disembarked a day later on 22 June 1948 – hence the choice of this date as Windrush Day.

Plans for a national Windrush Monument at Waterloo Station are also underway, with four artists of Caribbean descent shortlisted to design the artwork.

The winning entry is scheduled to be revealed during Black History Month in October and the monument is expected to be unveiled on Windrush Day 2022.