While up to this point many of the UWI Museum’s guests have been Alumni and Veterans, the visits from current students and inhabitants have been increasing in number. Their visits act a first hand timeline of the institution that they are studying in and in some cases living in. If they get lucky, they might even cross paths with some of the very people that they are researching and learning about.
Students of the University of the West Indies have been visiting the UWI Museum to learn more about the history of the institution and to enjoy a new experience. Some have come in groups organized by their lecturers or halls of residence, which several have simply dropped by.
In recent weeks, groups included students from the departments of Library & Information, and History & Archaeology whose students were from a class in museums, artifacts and records.
First year students from Irvine Hall, one of the university’s earliest halls of residence especially enjoyed seeing artifacts relating to their hall and to its namesake Sir James Irvine (1877-1952), Chancellor of St Andrews University in Scotland and the leader of the Irvine Committee whose report to the British Government in 1945 set the foundation for the university’s establishment.
Radio students from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) also dropped in to do an interview on the museum.
Comments from the students have been heartening:
Keep on coming!