Dominica in London: Island to Island at the Redbridge Museum

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The Caribbean is being well represented in London at the moment. Rihanna’s in town (both in real life, and in waxwork), it’s Black History Month, and there’s this new exhibition of photos from the Caribbean at the Redbridge Museum.

So, if you’re looking for a slice of Dominica in London, Island to Island: Dominica, Barbados and Britain is the show for you.

Island to Island: Dominica, Barbados and Britain is a collection of photographs exploring the links between East London and the Caribbean at the Redbridge Museum. The photos are complemented by stories of migration and experiences of living on the islands of Dominica and Barbados, and in Britain.

Photographer Tim Smith, who spent his childhood in Barbados and Dominica, shares his collection of photographs featuring the Dominican community in East London and Bradford and images taken on the two islands.  There are also photographs by Tim’s father, Derek Smith, showing everyday life on the islands during the 1960s.

One image features 76-year-old Wade Bells outside a fish and rum shop in Wesley, Dominica. Wade lived in Ladbroke Grove in London during the 1960s and has now retired to Dominica. 

The museum is also holding Caribbean-themed activities during October half term week.  Young visitors can enjoy stories and songs about carnival in the Caribbean on 25 October or join an arts and crafts session to make your own mini Caribbean island on 26 October.

Island to Island is at the Redbridge Museum until 31 December. Entrance is free. Visit to find out more.


  1. Tim Smith says:

    To Zoe Craig and/or web editor,

    Thanks for the plug for the show but the photos are not of the Dominican Republic, but of Dominica (official title Commonwealth of Dominica).
    It would be good to get it changed, as a common mistake there’s nothing more likely to upset the Dominicans!

    Thanks Tim Smith.

    • Zoe Craig says:

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for getting in touch and for putting me right! I’ve made the amends now. Hope the exhibition goes well.

      Best wishes,

  2. Jenny says:

    From 6 March 2012, you’ll be able to see an English Heritage blue plaque to the Caribbean-born writer Jean Rhys (1890-1979)at Paultons House, Paultons Square, Chelsea. Jean Rhys was born in Dominica but lived in London in the 1930s.