The idea of a UWI Museum dates back to the first plans drawn for the university – then the University College of the West Indies (UCWI). British architects Norman & Dawbarn included a museum in their early 1950s drawings. Through the years, several persons have raised the idea, without success. But when planning started for the Regional HQ, Vice Chancellor Nigel Harris made provision for a museum just off the lobby and that space is now its home.
Bringing the museum from idea to reality has been the work of writer, editor, historian and now curator Suzanne Francis-Brown, who has been focusing on the history and heritage of the UWI and its Mona site since she did her MA Heritage Studies there in 1999. She went on to complete a PhD in history, titled: ‘Gibraltar Camp 1940-1947. Isolation and Interaction in Colonial Jamaica’. The work on UWI heritage became Mona Past & Present: The History and Heritage of the UWI Mona Campus, published by UWI Press.
The UWI Museum is located on the ground floor of the Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica.