Visitors With Shared History

During its first 10 weeks, the UWI Museum has welcomed a range of visitors, including some who share the history being reflected in the current exhibition: Origins. These include alumni of the University of the West Indies (UWI), family of well-known founding individuals, and persons who worked at the institution over the years.

Alumni include the university’s Chancellor Sir George Alleyne and Lady Alleyne, as well as the Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar; inaugural science class member Hazel Darby Richardson who brought along her red undergraduate gown; and many recent as well as veteran graduates of the university’s various campuses.

Family members of founding father Sir Philip Sherlock, original Council Member Sir Leonard Hannays, first Bursar Ralph Swaby and Prof John Figueroa, first West Indian appointed professor at the University College of the West Indies have been among those looking at the text panels and artifacts. The Regional HQ’s Interior Designer Bev Rousseau revealed that her father, Hugh Holness, had been the first UCWI Accountant, and provided a photograph.

Staff of the UWI, both the veterans and those still working at all levels, have stopped in to see and comment.

And students visiting the Regional Headquarters have looked in, intrigued by the differences as well as the similarities between ‘then’ and ‘now’.

UWI Chancellor Sir George Alleyne takes a close look at a display, while Vice Chancellor Prof. E. Nigel Harris looks on smilingly.
The children of first UWI Bursar Ralph Swaby with a poster of early university administrators.

When Mrs Gabrielle Peat, daughter of Sir Leonard Hannays, visited with her siblings and niece, Curator Suzanne Francis-Brown welcomed the opportunity to chat with her and hear some of her recollections. See below for a snippet of their conversation:

If you’ve shared a moment or moments of history with this great institution leave your story here or send us an email/video/audio recollection.

One comment

  1. Hi Suzanne
    Congratulations on this very impt. milestone, our own UWI museum, and best wishes in the post of Curator. I will bookmark the page and keep posted for more interesting features.


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