UWI Museum

Within a couple of years of the University (College) of the West Indies starting up in 1948, officials of the Anglican and Catholic communities were proposing the establishment of separate church facilities on the Mona campus site where the regional university was founded in Jamaica. In 1951, the college was already leaning towards establishing a single non-denominational place of worship. This would come to pass with the completion of the re-located and re-purposed Georgian rum storehouse, dedicated in 1960 and now known widely as the University Chapel.

But during the decade of the 1950s, students of various faiths worshiped in temporary campus chapels fitted within wooden barracks buildings that had housed evacuees from the British colony of Gibraltar during World War 2. Gibraltarians, later joined by mainly Jewish refugees from across northern Europe, lived on the site from 1940 – 75 years ago. Most of the Gibraltarians went home in 1944, after which the…

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