The period from 1948 to 1971 was a time when the British government invited people from the Commonwealth to come and live and work in the UK. People came from the Caribbean, from the Indian sub continent and beyond. Many thought they would stay a year or two but remained, raised families and became part of the fabric of the United Kingdom.
Children from Furzedown Primary School and young people from CARAS [Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers] have collected lots of fascinating and moving history from people who have moved to South West London - stories of their reasons for coming to the UK, their journeys, settling in the UK, finding homes and work, children's stories joining their parents in this new and strange land. They are a moving testimony to the energy and resolve of this generation - their humour and generosity, often in the face of extremely difficult circumstances.