Our current projects
The “Barbados Runaway Slaves Digital Collection”
In collaboration with the Barbados Archives and the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, HeritEdge is involved in creating a “Barbados Runaway Slaves Digital Collection” based on runaway advertisements in colonial-era newspapers held in the Archives collections. The first group of ads to be included in this digital collection will be from the recently digitized newspaper, The Barbados Mercury Gazette. The “Runaway Slaves Digital Collection” will provide a central location for collecting these ads, a transcription platform, and other opportunities for the public, especially students, both in Barbados, as well as abroad, to interact with the material in creative ways.
The first step in creating this collection is to locate, extract, and transcribe the ads. Future plans include enriching these ads with contextual information, as well as creating a database. We have started working on extracting and transcribing the ads through a series of monthly workshops to engage the public. Stay tuned for more information! Follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #BarbadosRunaways for updates.
Digitization of “The Barbadian” newspaper
In partnership with the Barbados Archives, we have received a new grant from the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library to digitize “The Barbadian” newspaper (1822-1863). The newspaper covers the transition from the colonial, pre-modern to the modern era, including the Emancipation (1834), and the end of the apprenticeship system (1838). It is an important resource for understanding Barbados’ early 19th century history, and by extension, British colonial history that will enable scholars to trace the transition from the “news” being told from the perspective of the minority white-colonial enslavers to that of the black majority struggling to define freedom out of the tragedy of their colonial history. Please follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #TheBarbadian for updates. We will also soon post more on this work.
Processing and documenting the Sidney Martin Library Art Collection
The aim of this project is to fully process and document the art collection of the Sidney Martin Library at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill campus, in Barbados. The collection consists of approximately 120 artworks, mainly paintings and some sculptures, and associated records. At its conclusion, the project will give the Library full intellectual and physical control over the artworks. It will also promote the visibility and use of the collection by making it available as an online exhibit. The project has been funded through a grant of the Peter Moores (Barbados) Trust. Read more about this project here.
Our completed projects
Digitization of “The Barbados Mercury Gazette”
In partnership with the Barbados Department of Archives, our director, Amalia S. Levi, has been awarded a British Library Endangered Archives Programme Grant for the digitization of “The Barbados Mercury Gazette,” an important primary source that sheds light to the history of the island in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This project was launched in July 2018. Read more about the beginning of this project here.