I WITNESS HISTORY

A series of audio dramas which look at historical events from the eyes and in the imagined words of those who were there, or who might have been there.

The Windrush Cycle

Freedom Night - July 31, 1838

Reader: David Monteith

A recreation based on accounts of the service held in a Baptist Hall in Spanishtown, (now Kingston) Jamaica, to celebrate the death of slavery by Parliamentary Act throughout the British Empire. 

But also with reference to The Journal of Archibald Monteith. The Great great great great great grandfather of David Monteith – the actor who gives voice to this story echoing down the centuries and generations.

Published on: July 31, 2018

Leaving Barbados - April, 1959

Reader: David Monteith

Guest writer Audrey McCracken writes this first, personal account, of leaving family and loved ones behind in Barbados, to come to England and work for the NHS all her life.

Published on: April, 2018

HMT Windrush - May 24, 1948

Reader: David Monteith

Jock, a Jamaican Fighter Pilot in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, tells the story of the Windrush from the Armed Forces point of view.

Many troops were being repatriated from the Far East as they were de-mobbed in the aftermath of World War 2. As a troop ship, The Windrush had sailed from Japan to Australia, and called in at Kingston. Where they advertised the extra berths for sale.

Jock was one of many gaining a bounty for re-signing on – as the British Armed Forces were rapidly becoming depleted. As an RAF Officer – he got free Cabin Class passage to Tilbury.

Published on: May 24, 2018 

Referendum Day - June 23, 2016

Reader: David Monteith

Deciding to vote Remain in the EU Referendum was not enough – he had to help get the vote out on the day. And discover the many anomalies in the voting system.

Published on: June 23, 2018.

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