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ON THE ROAD: Roots of that Royal Charter!

by Suzanne Francis-Brown, UWI Museum Curator
One of my bucket list items this past few weeks was tracking early documents relating to the UWI’s lost Charter – the first Royal Charter, granted in 1949 and lost in a plane crash en route to the founding Mona campus in Jamaica. Some of those documents are on deposit at the UK National Archives, and they include  explanations of why a Royal Charter was considered the best option as the nascent university developed its governance and administrative structures.

AUDIO: MARSHALL ON UWI CARNIVAL

Speak ‘Carnival’ and Caribbean people think of the annual pre-Lenten bacchanal for which Trinidad & Tobago is widely known; though Carnival has homes all across the region.

UWI CARNIVAL

Traditionally, Carnival is the last burst of celebration before Ash Wednesday and the 40 days of Lent; a timeframe that shifts according to the Christian calendar but generally falls in early February – this year Ash Wednesday is February 10.

CHURCHES AT UWI MONA

Within a couple of years of the University (College) of the West Indies starting up in 1948, officials of the Anglican and Catholic communities were proposing the establishment of separate church facilities on the Mona campus site where the regional university was founded in Jamaica. In 1951, the college was already leaning towards establishing a single non-denominational place of worship. This would come to pass with the completion of the re-located and re-purposed Georgian rum storehouse, dedicated in 1960 and now known widely as the University Chapel.

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