The backdrop to the UWI Museum is a vibrant map by geographer Herman Moll, making a physical statement of our regional mandate; the mandate of the University of the West Indies. The map is eye-catching and is a favourite ‘photo op’ for our visitors. Even little visitors can identify the islands of the Caribbean from their geography lessons – a thought-provoking realization in view of the age of the map; estimated as being from the 1730s. Moll was clearly a highly skilled geographer and cartographer in a time without aerial reconaissance or technological tools.

So we offer a view of our region, still relevant as well as attractive across the centuries; at a time of year with its own long history of relevance and enjoyment.

map backdrop

The Herman Moll map is from the collection of the UWI Main Library, Mona.


Seasons Greetings from the UWI Museum. We will be closed December 19 and re-open January 11.



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