From Our Records: A Beach of Our Own…

The summer heat is on!! Hope you get the opportunity to hit the beach!

Roots of the West Indian Pelican

Going to the beach is a popular cultural pastime in the Caribbean, especially during the hot holiday months of June to August.  Without a doubt, UWI students and staff are no exception!  So what would the first University in the English-speaking Caribbean be without its own beach front property?

Lyssons Beach, St Thomas... the university's beach... Lyssons Beach, St Thomas, Jamaica… the University’s beach…

At a meeting in November 1949, UCWI Principal, Dr  Thomas Taylor,  expressed concern that the College needed to make provision for the more than “150 students from the other islands in the Caribbean who would not be in a position to afford to leave Jamaica during each summer vacation, and who could not afford to pay the normal price for hotel or even boarding house accommodation in Jamaica.” Taylor thought a “seaside holiday camp for these students should be started without delay and that accommodation should be as simple and as cheap as…

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