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'From War to Windrush' - a must-visit for schools

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Peter Xavier Williams (right), retired sergeant of the Jamaica Defence Force, and Corporal Sean Huxtable observe a zouave uniform, worn by the military band, on display at the Institute of Jamaica, Kingston. The occasion was the opening of 'From War to Windrush' and 'War ... Lest We Forget', last Sunday. The exhibitions will run until September 2011. - Photo by Ian Allen/Photographer
'From War to Windrush'

'From War to Windrush' and 'War ... Lest We Forget', the exhibitions which were opened last Sunday at the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston, have already been receiving great reviews.

'From War to Windrush' commemorates the contribution of black men and women from the Caribbean during the first and second world wars. It's a travelling exhibition from the Imperial War Museum, London, which explores black men and women's involvement on the frontline and homefront during those conflicts and examines how their experiences led to the establishment of Britain's contemporary West Indian populations.

'War ... Lest We Forget' is a local exhibition presented by the Museums of History and Ethnography, which will coincide with 'From War to Windrush.' The exhibition provides a narrative of the experiences of Jamaican soldiers abroad in the world wars and gives an insight into their training, professional and social lives.

The outstanding exhibitions are being touted as an ideal learning aid for students, so schools have been urged to plan visits to the exhibitions, which will run until September 13, 2011.

A visit will provide students with valuable historical information which will broaden their perspective of past events, helping them to understand the world around them. For more information, contact the Institute of Jamaica at 922-0620-6.