Sessions, Papers and Posters

March 16-19, 2020
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

9:00am to 10:30am [AST -04:00]

Session 5A Panel: A Holistic Approach to Heritage Conservation in the Greater Caribbean: Case Studies from Jamaica
Goddard's Room, SCHSBM, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus

Chair: Karl Watson, Barbados National Trust

9:00am to 12:00pm [AST -04:00]

Session 5B Workshop: Accessible Conservation Risk Analysis ZOOM MEETING SESSION
First Citizens' Room, SCHSBM, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus


Workshop Facilitator: Nerys Rudder, Preservation Officer, The UWI Archives, Mona Campus

Conservation risk assessments and analysis center on identifying specific risks based on an acknowledged framework, their magnitude and expected event frequency and then making a judgement on how tolerable that risk is to collections. This process reaps tangible rewards for institutional management, as limited funding and infrastructure can then be focused on the mitigation of higher relevancy risks, dependent on the rubric of frequency versus consequence. These assessments are often seen as a daunting task, however with simple instructions and using role play and real-life examples, practitioners can be given the tools to map their institutions and provide relevant analysis to inform decision making. This workshop will introduce attendees to the framework of hazards for risk assessment (10 agents of deterioration) and how they may manifest in their collections.  Schema tools will also be shared, along with guidance on research, consultation, documentation and mitigation to effect accessible understanding of risk analysis. Group-work and collaboration is an essential part of this exercise. Activities include a PowerPoint presentation, collaborative desk exercises and role playing. Collections managers, conservators, archivists, librarians, collections care personnel and facilities managers will find this workshop useful.

This session will be available by Zoom Meeting for remote registrants.  

Register Now for this Workshop.  Capacity: 20 persons. Limited space.


10:45am to 11:00am [AST -04:00]

Session 6 POSTER: Cultural Resource Management, Archaeology Conservation & Heritage Tourism in Belize
Goddard's Room, SCHSBM, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus

Chair: Cleve Scott, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus

11:00am to 12:00pm [AST -04:00]

Session 7 ROUNDTABLE: Preservation Planning and Patrimony: Hills and Fields Beyond Recall (Hosted by the Barbados Institute of Architects (BIA) and the Barbados Town Planning Society (BTPS))

Moderator: Gordon Ashby, Gordon Ashby Architect Ltd.


Discussant: Peter Sandiford, Habitats Architectural Designs Inc.

Discussant: Bruce Jardine, Gillespie & Steel Associates Ltd.

Discussant: Yolanda Alleyne, President, Barbados Town Planning Society

1:00pm to 1:45pm [AST -04:00]

Session 8 POSTER: Barbados Community College (BCC) Presentations: "Sustainable Adaptive Heritage Conservation"
Goddard's Room, SCHSBM, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus

Chair: Sherma Roberts, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus

1:30pm to 5:30pm [AST -04:00]

Session 9A WORKSHOP: From Private to Public: Establishing and Strengthening Oral Archives
West Indies Federal Archives Centre (WIFAC), The UWI, Cave Hill Campus



Workshop Facilitator: Arhea Venessa Marshall, University of Tuebingen

Do all the valuable archives for the English-speaking Caribbean lay in England? The English-speaking Caribbean has, in large part, entered into the fifth decade of self-governance since gaining political Independence. What has changed since then? This workshop aims to approach this question through the transcription, analysis and discussion of the sung Caribbean oral archive. The workshop leader has addressed this question with special focus on the case of Trinidad and Tobago and its calypso in her Master’s thesis and is currently completing a dissertation on the cultural/experienceable effects of Independence read through calypsos through the decades read against popular orations by politicians such as Eric Williams and Paula Mae Weekes.


Register Now for the Workshop. Capacity: 15 persons. Space is limited.

1:45pm to 3:15pm [AST -04:00]

Session 9 PANEL: Built & Natural: A Comprehensive Dialogue on Managing Heritage in Barbados
Goddard's Room, SCHSBM, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus



Chair: Miguel Pena, General Manager, Barbados National Trust

2:00pm to 3:30pm [AST -04:00]

Session 9B PANEL: Caribbean Heritage After Irma and Dorian: Building Resilience through CARBICA/ CHEN ZOOM MEETING SESSION
First Citizens' Room, SCHSBM, The UWI, Cave Hill Campus


Chair: Avril Belfon, National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago, and President, CARBICA

Following the challenges of the catastrophic 2017 hurricane season, CARBICA reached out to its  members  by  offering their support . The members emerged stronger, having committed to the establishment of the Caribbean Heritage Emergency Network (CHEN) to support each other in the future. In this panel session CARBICA will present the objectives of CHEN  and underline the importance of the collaboration of heritage institutions- and professionals in the region. Furthermore representatives of heritage institutions in Dominica, BVI and Sint Maarten will share the updates three years after Irma.



Holly Bynoe, Former Chief Curator of The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, “Sanctuary After the Storm”

Vernanda Raymond, Dominica Public Library. “Dominica After Irma and Maria, the Road to Recovery”

Christopher Varlack, Archives and Records Management Unit (BVI). “Virgin Islands Documentary Heritage: Recovery, Transformation and Enhanced Governance”

Max Scriwanek, CARBICA, “Preservation of the Caribbean Heritage through the Caribbean Heritage Emergency Network (CHEN)”


This session will be available by Zoom Meeting for remote registrants.  



3:30pm to 4:00pm [AST -04:00]