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Bahamas PM Visit

Posted on 28/04/2011

Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas visited King’s this morning to view the Caribbean exhibit at the Maughan Library. The Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham and Mrs Ingraham, who are in London for the royal wedding, stopped by for a guided tour of the exhibit, and a brief tour of the other special library collections. The party was greeted by the Principal, Professor Rick Trainor and Professor Marguerite Dupree. After the tour the Prime Minister spent some time talking to Bahamian students from King’s and other London institutions.

The paradise of the world: Conflict and society in the Caribbean is an exhibition of books, photographs and maps spanning the history of the Caribbean region from the sixteenth century to 1900. The exhibition explores the initial rivalry for dominance of the islands by European powers, the dark days of slavery, the long struggle for emancipation and the development of Caribbean society in the nineteenth century. Most of the exhibits are drawn from the historical library collection of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which was transferred to King’s in 2007 and is now housed in the Foyle Special Collections Library.

Principal Rick Trainor said it was ‘an enormous pleasure and privilege to have the opportunity to welcome the Prime Minister amd Mrs Ingraham to King’s’. He extended his welcome to all the students present and made particular mention of King’s student Barry Griffin, who had been instrumental in arranging the recent visits.

Prime Minister Ingraham thanked the Principal and presented him with a number of books on the recent history of the Bahamas, to complement the historic texts in the College’s collection. These included a biography of Sir Lyndon Pindling, first Prime Minister of the Bahamas, who was a King’s Law graduate.

The Governor General of the Bahamas, Sir Arthur Alexander Foulkes, GCMG, will be visiting the Maughan Library next week to tour the exhibit.

Notes to editors

About Archives and Special Collections
The paradise of the world’: conflict and society in the Caribbean, runs from Monday 31 January to Saturday 14 May 2011. The exhibition takes place in the Weston Room, Maughan Library & Information Services Centre, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR, and is open 09.30-17.00, Monday to Saturday. 

Archives & Special Collections at King’s College London hold a unique, internationally significant and continually expanding range of archival and printed sources. These resources are available for use by the staff and students of King’s, the wider academic community and any member of the public who has an interest in its holdings.

Archives acquire, preserve and make accessible the archives of the College, as well as organisations which it has founded, such as King's College Hospital, and with which it has merged. Also included are the research papers of former staff and students including Maurice Wilkins, Eric Mottram and Sir Charles Wheatstone. The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives is a leading repository for research into modern defence policy in Britain. The core of this collection is the private papers of over 700 senior defence personnel who held office from 1900 onwards. The Archives total some 5 million documents.

The Foyle Special Collections Library houses over 150,000 printed works, as well as maps, slides, sound recordings and manuscript material. Its collections, built up over centuries by purchase, gift and bequest, contain many unique items and cover all subject areas, but they are particularly strong in medicine, science, voyages and travels, the history of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, European military and diplomatic history, the history of the British Empire, 20th century Germany and Jewish and Christian theology.

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