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ON THE ROAD – Sharing Museum Ideas

by Suzanne Francis-Brown
One stop on the road this month was the world of Museum Ideas – via the annual Museum ID conference held this year at the Science Museum in London, titled: The Future of Museums in the Era of Participatory Culture.
The best part of the conference was the opportunity was to sit back and listen to a range of other museum professionals present aspects of their work that overlap in small or big ways with the work we’re doing at the UWI Museum. I’m including the programme to show the range of the presentations.

CURATOR ON THE ROAD

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:

DINING ON HALL

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.

MEDICAL MEDALLIST

Pauline Barrow, widow of consultant gastroenterologist Orrin Barrow, visited the UWI Museum and we took the opportunity to get some background on this iconic musician-doctor whose medical medals are now in the UWI Museum collection.

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