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© West India Committee, West India Docks, 1810.

The West India Committee collection

Registration year: 2016
Submission year: 
2014
Collection ID: 
2014-42

Collection information

Submitted by: 
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Jamaica
Montserrat
United Kingdom

The WIC-Collection refers to all those documentary records and related artefacts generated or acquired by the West India Committee, its members and associates, or presented to the WIC by its members, administrators, governments, institutions and individuals relating to the administration, development and management of the Caribbean and Bermuda. These holdings span the period from the formal inception of operations of the WIC (1750) covering the period of its most active period of engagement in operations and strategic developments of the indicated associated bodies and organs (1750 – 1840), until the subsequent distribution and permanent loan of these archival holdings to the respective identified entities. These incorporate the records and deposits of: The West India Committee, The Crown Agents, the West India Dock Company and East & West India Dock Company, The Thames Police Association, and the documents relating to the specified voyages of the HMS Bounty and HMS Providence and the associated discovery of the Pitcairns and Fiji Islands. The documentation proposed for inscription includes various profound milestones, (some of which continue to benefit the world at large today), together with the business practices of WIC and its founding members for over 230 years. It takes the form of certificates, documentation, minutes, records, plans, maps, pictures and photos. Each holding is limited to those materials that have been assigned a unique catalogue identification number by each entity’s archival or curatorial staff as indicated.

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The Coconut cup, horn beaker and bullett weight used by William Bligh
© West India Committee

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West India Committee. Map of the West Indies.
© West India Committee

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West India Docks, 1810.
© West India Committee

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© West India Committee, Breadfruit.
Breadfruit
© West India Committee

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© West India Committee, West India Dock Police Tipstaff 1802.
West India Dock Police Tipstaff 1802.
© West India Committee

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© West India Committee, Journal of proceedings of West India Docks Comany 1799.
Journal of proceedings of West India Docks Comany 1799.
© West India Committee

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© West India Committee, The grave marker of John Adams (The last of the mutinners to die on Pitcairn).
The grave marker of John Adams (The last of the mutinners to die on Pitcairn).
© West India Committee

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© West India Committee, Patrick Colquhoun Esq., LLD. Author of the first Police Bill - 1800.
Patrick Colquhoun Esq., LLD. Author of the first Police Bill - 1800.
© West India Committee

Collection details

Name and identification details of the items being nominated

The West India Committee Collection

Description

The West India Committee (WIC) collection is a unique documentary heritage crucial to the comprehension of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, providing insight into many unacknowledged innovations, institutions and inventions derived directly from the trade. Its archival collection enhances the historiography and general understanding of the contribution made by West Indians to the development of the global economy, and civil society.

 

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