Caribbean Memories of the First World War 1914-1918: Lecture and Commemorative Exhibition at Barbados Museum

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the role of Barbadians and British West Indians who fought and served in the First World War 1914-1918.

The story of many West Indians who volunteered, was one of frustration based on racial discrimination as well as lack of opportunity to serve in combat. These themes as well as others will be discussed in the redeveloped case in the Military Gallery, which is dedicated to addressing Barbadians who served in the First World War and will be opened to the public on Armistice Day 11th November 2014, reminding all of the significance of 'the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918' to mark the centenary of the First World War. {Humphrey Metzgen (left) and John Graham}

The story of many West Indians who volunteered, was one of frustration based on racial discrimination as well as lack of opportunity to serve in combat. These themes as well as others will be discussed in the redeveloped case in the Military Gallery, which is dedicated to addressing Barbadians who served in the First World War and will be opened to the public on Armistice Day 11th November 2014, reminding all of the significance of ‘the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918’ to mark the centenary of the First World War. {Humphrey Metzgen (left) and John Graham}

A key event during the evening, will be the delivery of a lecture by Mr. Humphrey Metzgen, author of Caribbean Wars Untold: A Salute to the British West Indies, published by the University of the West Indies Press and awarded as The Best Selling General Interest Book in 2010. Mr. Metzgen’s lecture entitled Caribbean Memories of the First World War 1914-1918 will highlight the cultural, social and political scene that confronted the Caribbean volunteers as well as the British public during the period 1914 to 1918.

This exhibition has received support from the British High Commission.

The exhibition may be viewed during regular Museum hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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