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CARIB CIV!

Did you attend the University of the West Indies (UWI) – or teach there – anytime in the last couple decades? There’s a good chance that you came in contact with a foundation course called Caribbean Civilizations.

SEASONS GREETINGS – Video greeting from the UWI Museum

This is a season of celebration and renewal.
In our last post we shared the process of tuning the steelpan which is one of the artifacts in our museum, a connection to aspects of the history and heritage of the University of the West Indies and of the region it serves, and a recent example of one of Trinidad & Tobago’s gifts to the world.
This week we share a snippet of Christmas music played on the same pan.

VIDEO: TUNING THAT PAN!

The authentic Trini steelpan on display in the UWI Museum serves a lot of purposes: It is an artifact in its own right, donated to the UWI by a former alumna who became Prime Minister of the twin-island republic that gave birth to pan; it conjures T&T and the UWI St Augustine Campus there; it is a unique musical instrument. It also provides the museum the occasional opportunity to fill the space with the signature sound.

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.

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