June 22nd 2020 - Today the Balmoral will be stepping up to help re-imagine the Atlantic Crossings, faced by elders of the Windrush generation. The vessel will be delivering an innovative project by providing a setting for poetry workshops online.

Our goal is to inform the youth on the contribution of our elders, while providing inspiring resources to help educate and inform. Together, we want to deliver an innovative project for Windrush Day that will be made fully accessible to children online. Young individuals will be able to share their creative responses to the stories they learn of our Windrush Pioneers.


In addition, poet Manu Maunganidze has devised a workshop which will be delivered to schools online. This will encourage young people to gain skill in expressing their own emotions around the Windrush celebration themes through the arts.

Manu will initiate sessions online with individual classes, and provide comment on young people’s poetry. The outcomes will be celebrated on Windrush Day, when Manu will lead a session streamed live from the Balmoral at Bristol’s Harbourside.


In the run-up to Windrush Celebration day an animation has been developed by Bristol filmmaker Michael D. Jenkins of 8th Sense Media. In collaboration with author Roger Griffith, the short film celebrates the lives and achievements of the Windrush Generation, who have settled in the United Kingdom.

Devised and co-ordinated by My Future My Choice, the animated film brings this rich history to life in order to raise an understanding, and the aspirations of young people living in Bristol, as well as connecting them with their heritage.

Narrated by broadcast journalist Primrose Granville, it includes reflections from Elders of the Windrush Generation. Premiering live from the Balmoral, this film is now widely available, and is of interest to schools and home learners as a stimulus to understand how migration has affected our lives positively.

You can find out more about Michael and 8th Sense Media by clicking here, and if you wish to learn more about the illustrations, they were created specially by Fefus Designs.




Radio Replay

Earlier today the Balmoral featured in a broadcast on Ujima Radio. If you wish to listen to the replay, you can hear it again by clicking: Play here.

Begins at: 1:28:16 – Interview with Polly Barnes, My Future My Choice

Begins at: 1:39:41 – Discover learning projects and poetry reading with Manu:

Next Steps

Original school workshops that were planned to take place today, are now being planned to take place in October 2020 to coincide with Black History Month. Aimed at 9 to 12 year old’s, these workshops are cross-curricular, exploring migration through the arts, social history and science with diverse topics such as navigation, stability, pulley systems and the experience of leaving home.

The breadth of approach is mirrored by the intent that this project is inclusive and inter-generational. Workshops can only take place with the generous support of our incredible funders, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Find out more about the MV Balmoral, one of our Shipshape Network South West Projects here.

Press Release issued by MV Balmoral 22/06/20