The collections hold a body of works on the Caribbean presence in Britain. Highlights include materials that focus on the arrival and settlement of the 'Windrush Generation', the diasporic culture building of British-Caribbean communities and the racialised experiences of 2nd and 3rd generation Black Britons. These range from independently published activist monographs, to poetry and sociological studies.
The Scarman report was commissioned by the UK Government following the 1981 Brixton riots. Lord Scarman was appointed on 14 April 1981 (two days after the rioting ended) to hold the enquiry into the riots 'to inquire urgently into the serious disorder in Brixton on 10–12 April 1981 and to report, with the power to make recommendations'.