Heritage Sites Lecture is Highlight of 1st Heritage Week
Heritage Sites is the theme of the 7th annual E.O. Leblanc Memorial Lecture hosted by the University of the West Indies Open Campus, in collaboration with the Cultural Division.
This week is Heritage Week on the independence calendar and the public has been invited to spend time appreciating the sites of the island.
Every year, as part of the independence activities, the University of the West Indies Open Campus hosts the E.O. Leblanc Memorial Lecture.
Edward Oliver Leblanc was Chief Minister of Dominica, and led the island from the status of British Colony to Associated Statehood, becoming Dominica’s first Premier. These annual lectures are in his honour.
Kimone Joseph is Head of UWI Open Campus. She told Dominica Vibes, “This year we are very fortunate to have with us Dr Lennox Honychurch who will be presenting on heritage sites of Dominica. He will be examining the sites under the classifications of natural, archaelogical, plantation, military and religious and offer perspectives on preservation for sustainable development.
Joseph reminds the public that Dr. Lennox Honychurch has done extensive research into heritage sites.
Through his company, Island Heritage Initiatives, he has been working around the Caribbean to restore some of the major heritage sites in the region. Fort Shirley at Cabrits National Park was one such project.
Joseph explained, “We thought that it was very important to focus on heritage sites because we want people to know that our heritage sites are as much part of our culture as food, dance, music and others.”
She says each site is unique with a special story and that with the advent of climate change, when natural disasters affect heritage sites, they become forgotten or destroyed. Others are part of everyday life and so lose their significance. Hence the emphasis on Heritage Sites of Dominica this week.
The EO Leblanc Memorial Lecture will take place on Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 7pm at the UWI Open Campus Auditorium.