Special Focus

Meeting up with John Dunkley @MAC in Miami

John Dunkley is one of the iconic Jamaican artists from the 1930s and 40s – considered by many as a father of Jamaican art. An intuitive or self-taught artist whose work included painting and sculpture, he was born in Savanna-la-mar, south-west Jamaica; travelled and worked in Central America before returning to settle in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, working as a barber as well as an artist. He died in 1947, in his mid-50s.

In Focus: RASTAS’ JOURNEY ‘HOME’

In 2016, 50 years after Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visited Jamaica and received an Honorary Degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI), his grandson Prince Ermias visited Jamaica and we hosted a commemorative exhibition with the Rootz Foundation.

Part-time: BIG Time!

In 2015/2016, the University of the West Indies enrolled 5070 part-time students studying for 1st degrees, and 6587 working towards higher degrees – across all its campuses. Five decades ago, that movement was new and it started with hundreds not thousands of working students across the Caribbean!

A-V: Saving the Film

A 1953 promotional film on the University College of the West Indies (UCWI) plays in the UWI Museum, but the story of how we come to have the film at all is also worth noting. We’ve put that story right beside the film so you can see – and we’re also sharing it here.
It’s saying that recording events for the future is only one step. How we maintain accessibility to that material is also important – whether the material is in the library, the archive, the recording studio, the home or elsewhere.

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