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Some artifacts have particularly rich potential as research resources. At the UWI Museum, one close to our hearts is the Pelican magazine – a student production of the 1950s – 1970s that is jam-packed with contemporaneous reports on student life inside the young university, starting with its years as the University College of the West Indies (UCWI).


by Suzanne Francis-Brown
I’ve been on study leave for a few weeks, following up on some outstanding research re UWI artifacts, attending a Museum Ideas conference (http://www.museum-id.com/event-detail.asp?id=526) and taking the opportunity to browse a number of other museums.
I thought I’d share some of the journey over the next few weeks, starting with a presentation to the Ramphal Institute.
At the Ramphal Institute:


One December morning, a woman knocked on the door to the UWI Museum’s office and asked for the Curator. She said that a friend had told her to come. In one arm, clutched to her chest, was a ceramic platter, the back bearing the mark of Dunn Bennett & Co, Burslem, UK.  On placing it flat, it turned out to be a part of a set once used in the Mary Seacole Hall, one of the University of the West Indies (UWI)s early halls of residence built and opened during the 1950s. Three others of this vintage were Irvine, Taylor and Chancellor Halls.

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by Velma Pollard
(Educator, author, poet, Irvinite)
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