Museum’s journal launched

Another chronicle of Barbadian history, detailing things past and present, is now available with the launch of the 2014 Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historic Society.

With its release in the Museum’s visitor shop yesterday evening, Editor Dr Karl Watson, himself goes into the history books as the first person to oversee preparation and production of this compendium of things Bajan for 18 years, in the 78-year history of continuous publication of the book.

Stating that the release of the book was a landmark event on the Barbados Christmas calendar, BMHS President Sir Trevor Carmichael described this year’s edition as “excellent work under the most able editorship of Dr Karl Watson”.

BMHS President Sir Trevor Carmichael at the launch.
BMHS President Sir Trevor Carmichael at the launch.

“It’s very striking and far more striking than most of the previous ones,” said BHMS Vice-President Sir Woodville Marshall.

Explaining one area of departure from the previous publications, Museum Director Alissandra

Cummins said “this will probably be the first journal that we produce as an e-journal as well. It will be going online in a few short months together with other journals that we printed quite recently because they are in that digital format”.

Editor Watson indicated that this year marks the first time of the Journal’s publication being entirely local, including printing.

Within this Barbados souvenir item is a memorial to Keith Laurie, a report on the visit to Panama at the 100th anniversary of Barbadian labour taking that journey; a discussion on the bronze plaque acknowledging Ford Harrison’s chronometer on the pier head that disappeared; and a revealing article on the Barbados blackbelly sheep.

“Its origins are in sub-Saharan Africa but over time it has developed enough of a genetic difference to be considered something unique to Barbados,” Watson said.


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