Windrush photos

A Snapshot of Brixton: Exhibition at Lambeth Town Hall

As part of the Empire Windrush 70th anniversary celebrations, Lambeth Council has partnered with the Windrush70 campaign to bring you: A Snapshot of Brixton.

On 25 May to 6 July 2018, an exhibition will be held to showcase iconic 1960s photographs; depicting members of the Windrush generation - which will be going on display at the Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton.

The photographs, some of which have been provided by the Lambeth Archives and all taken by the portrait photographer of the time, Harry Jacobs in his south London studio, show a variety of individuals and families who had arrived in Britain and settled in the Brixton area.


In the summer of 1948 the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

Of the 1,000-plus passengers she had brought from the West Indies, over 300 would find their way to Lambeth, first staying in temporary accommodation in the Underground deep-shelter on Clapham Common and some then making their home in Brixton.

In 1946, two years earlier, a young Londoner had just returned from the War. Harry Jacobs came from a Jewish family in the East End but was now living with his mother in South London.

Fed up with running his jewellery stall in Brixton Market and looking for a new business venture, Harry acquired a camera and walked these same streets off Coldharbour Lane, knocking on doors and offering to take portrait photos.

In this, the 70th anniversary year of the Windrush voyage, A Snapshot of Brixton: Harry Jacobs and the Empire Windrush uses Harry Jacobs’ work as a document of the experiences of the ‘Windrush generation’.

Find out more about the Windrush70 campaign

The exhibition is located on the ground floor

Event details

Friday 6 July 2018 8am to 8pm Mon to Fri - open all weekend 23 to 24 June.
Lambeth Town Hall
1 Brixton Hill
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