In the 1950s many British cities, including Bristol, experienced a large increase in the number of immigrants arriving from the British colonies . These people were responding to an invitation from the British government and big companies to come and live and work in the ‘motherland’. The request for workers had been advertised in the Caribbean islands, of Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis. Many of their inhabitants therefore came to Britain during this period.
This migration from the Caribbean to Bristol has made the city’s population culturally diverse. There are many people of African-Caribbean descent living here today, whose parents or grandparents moved here. The contributions they make to the life of Bristol are wide and include many cultural ones, enjoyed by the black and white population alike.