Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica


II Treez in a Forest, Ebony G. Patterson, 2013, watercolor, glitter, fabric, and mixed-media on paper. Photo courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago © Ebony Patterson, 2013. Private Collection.

Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora

The RWA presents a landmark exhibition of Jamaican visual art - the first major exhibition of its kind ever to be held in the UK, co-curated on behalf of the RWA by Kat Anderson and Graeme Mortimer Evelyn. Royal West of England Academy, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol from 25 June – 11 September 2016


Talks at Dr Johnson's House

'Silver padlocks for Blacks or Dogs; collars, etc: Lapdogs, black servants and slavery in the 18th century' and 'Slave and Master: Breaking the Chains'


Spanish Town Heritage Trail

Good news for Spanish Town as a new project to restore the historic Georgian buildings around Emancipation Square is launched.


Geoffrey Lewis deSola Pinto - Wedding Photograph

Geoffrey Lewis deSola Pinto - Obituary

FGSJ members and supporters were greatly saddened by news of Geoffrey Pinto's death on 16 September last year. FGSJ Chairman, Peregrine Bryant, notes that he was a remarkable man, whom he first met at the Vernacular Architecture Forum in Falmouth in 2011. Peregrine was immediately struck, not only by his knowledge and continuing enthusiasm for Jamaica's heritage, but also his enormous charm and openness. It is sad that the Government waited too long before awarding him its Order of Distinction, so very well deserved, but at least, at the last, they did so. In this article, Peregrine Bryant offers a touching portrait of an extraordinary man, drawing on the eulogy which Geoffrey’s daughter Kathryn gave at his funeral.


A Sweet Forgetting: Slavery, Sugar and Scotland

An interesting article published in the New York Times about a Scottish-born photographer who was drawn to Jamaica to explore how his homeland's wealth was built on the backs of slave labour in the Caribbean.


Rock Against Racism

Rock Against Racism

The first major exhibition of Syd Shelton’s photographs are currently on display at Autograph ABP. The images capture one of the most intriguing and contradictory political periods in British post war history.


Useful links

  1. The Georgian Society of Jamaica

  2. Jamaica National Heritage Trust

  3. Falmouth Heritage Renewal

  4. The Falmouth Project

  5. Jamaica Colonial Heritage Society

  6. Jamaican High Commission, London

  7. Black Cultural Archives

  8. Georgian Group


  10. Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

  11. University of Virginia School of Architecture

  12. Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings

  13. Prince’s Foundation for Building Community

  14. Jamaica Tour Society

  15. A Tour of Jamaica's Great Houses, Plantations, & Pens

  16. The Victoria Web - Georgian Jamaica and its public buildings

  17. Family History Jamaica

  18. Caribbean Family History Research

  19. A Parcel of Ribbons - Anne Powers on genealogy

  20. Sharon Tomlin on genealogy

  21. Antony Maitland on genealogy

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