Book released December 2013

Plantation to Nation: Caribbean Museums and National Identity explores the evolution of Caribbean museums from colonial-era institutions that supported imperialistic goals to today’s museums that aim to recover submerged or marginalized histories, assert national identities and celebrate cultural diversity.
This book is the first to focus on the growth and development of Caribbean museums and museology, to address museums across the region regardless of nation or language, and to allow for much-needed discourse on their evolution. Museologists from across the region and internationally address the challenges faced by museums in the Caribbean, both historically and in the contemporary setting.

About the authors :

Alissandra Cummins, Director, Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Barbados

Alissandra Cummins, GCM, B.A. (Hons), M.A., F.M.A., is the Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, and has been a lecturer in Heritage Studies, Caribbean Art and Museums with the University of the West Indies (UWI) for more than a decade. Amongst other roles Ms. Cummins has served as President of the International Coucil of Museums (ICOM) 2004-2010, and as founding President of the Museums Association of the Caribbean (1989-1992).

Kevin Farmer, Deputy Director, Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Barbados

Kevin Farmer, M.A., is the Deputy Director of the Barbados Museums and Historical Society. He holds a Master’s degree in Heritage Studies from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. From 2010 to 2011 he was Assistant Lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of History at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Roslyn Russell, Historian, Editor, and Museum Consultant

Dr. Roslyn Russell is a historian, editor, and museum consultant who lives in Australia. She has written a number of books and articles on Australian history and literature, and has edited magazines for museum organisations in Australia since 2000. She has co-authored guides for assessing the significance of objects and collections with museum consultant Kylie Winkworth, and has conducted workshops on significance assessment in Australia and Barbados, and for the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme in Barbados, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Iran, and Indonesia. Dr. Russell has worked as a content developer for museum exhibitions of Barbados and Caribbean history and art since the mid-2000s, and she continues to work on museum projects in Barbados.

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