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May 18: Interweaving Threads

Many threads wove together at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Museum on May 18:
It was International Museum Day 2016, with the theme of Museums & Cultural Landscapes – landscapes interpreted as geographic, historical, economic, social and cultural contexts in which museums exist and operate.
What more appropriate time for an extended exploration of the context, significance and impact of the game-changing 1966 visit to Jamaica by Ethopian Emperor Haile Selassie. The visit is commemorated in the museum’s current visiting exhibition – just extended into June.

SLIDESHOW: Launch of 50th Anniversary Exhibit Commemorating Selassie Visit

Hundreds turned out for the inaugural Selassie lecture, named for Emperor Haile Selassie 1 of Ethopia, and the official opening of a 50th Anniversary Exhibition commemorating his 1966 visit to Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and Haiti.The visiting exhibition, curated by Rootz Foundation through the 50th Anniversary Coordinating Committee, is at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Museum until May 19.

PANYARDS AT UWI MONA!

Now seriously: Did YOU know that there were panyards at the then University College of the West Indies (UCWI) and the early UWI after it became an independent of the University of London in 1962?
Dr Archie Hudson Phillips and Prof Emeritus Woodville Marshall both recall cacophany behind Taylor Hall in the mid-1950s as ‘di boys’ struggled to turn salvaged steel drums into workable steelpans and forge a workable steel band for fetes, support of hall activities including sometimes hard-contested football games, and carnival.

UWI CARNIVAL: “Le’ Wi Play Mas!”

UWI graduate Dr Archie Hudson Phillips had a simple answer to how carnival emerged at the University College of the West Indies (UCWI), now UWI, in the mid-1950s: It was coming up to Ash Wednesday and the southern Caribbean students said – “Le’ Wi Play Mas!”
And that is the title of our new cameo exhibition, mounted now in honour of UWI Carnival which has migrated into the Lenten period and is this year celebrated at the UWI’s founding Mona campus from March 10 – 14. At Cave Hill, the dates are March 20 – 26.

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