Located inside the Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indies, the UWI Museum reflects aspects of the institution’s history and development and its relationship to the region it serves. Since its debut over a year ago, the museum has hosted a range of visitors – as individuals and in groups; from Jamaica, where the Regional HQ stands near the UWI Mona campus, but also from the far-flung UWI community that stretches across the countries of the Caribbean, and beyond.
Throughout the summer and within recent weeks, the museum has welcomed visitors eager to see what the facility offers and to wonder at the aspects of the university that they might not have known before.
A group of MA Education students came through over the summer, led by lecturer Mr Dalton Hyman. They were focusing on how their engagement with students can be enhanced by a focus on institutional history as well as environmental context.
The Chairman of the Norman Washington Manley Foundation, also Chair of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, Mr Ainsley Henriques, came to take a special look at a cameo exhibition on the relationship of Jamaican National Hero NW Manley to the then University College of the West Indies. Mr Manley, a nationalist and regionalist declared, in February 1950, that the fledgling university was “our child and father to be.”
Other visitors included new undergraduates and returning students. A group of students doing a course titled ‘Introduction to Film’ visited with their lecturer, Dr Rachel Moseley-Wood, focusing mainly on a 1953 colour film on life at the university – one of the very first coloured films created in the Caribbean. Staff of the Mona School of Business, in the building for a conference, stopped by – including Entrepreneurship CEO Dr. Sandra Palmer. Other visitors included a group of Caribbean archivists, persons with long connections to the UWI … and youngsters hoping to soon share that connection via tertiary education.