Student Mobility: Glasgow West India merchants, planters and sojourners 1776-1850

Student Mobility: Glasgow West India merchants, planters and sojourners 1776-1850

Stephen Mullen: PhD Student (awarded Oct 2014, currently Post Doc, College of Arts)

Funding: £2250, ESRC and Annie Dunlop Fund

In spring 2014, I embarked on a month long trip to the West Indies to undertake research on Scots during the period, 1776-1850. I took up residency at the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Kingston, Jamaica where I had the benefit of the academic environment. I spent a lot of time in West Indies Collections and Special Collections and I attended a series of lecture by visiting academics. I undertook research work in The National Archives of Jamaica in Spanishtown and the National Library of Jamaica in Kingston. I was also given the opportunity to speak on ‘Scots in Jamaica, 1776-1838’ at the National Library of Jamaica and the National Institute of Jamaica which allowed an opportunity to discuss my research as well as contemporary issues and legacy. In the almost three weeks I was there, I met various heritage professionals from local museums and professional researchers. The second leg of the journey took me to Grenada, a smaller island in the south east Caribbean. I undertook research in the Supreme Court and made connections with local heritage professional at Grenada National Museum. In conclusion, a wonderfully enlightening trip from which I learned a lot on various levels.

 

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