Digitization of the Barbados Mercury (EAP1086), for which you can read more here, was completed in December 2018. However it was not an endpoint. It allowed the Barbados Archives to initiate a series of workshops and initiatives aiming to involve the public, and promote the study and mining of the newspaper for further research.
The start for these initiatives was given during a series of events I’ve been involved in that meant to establish a “Barbados Runaway Slaves Digital Collection” through a partnership between the Barbados Archives and the Early Caribbean Digital Archive. You can read more about these events that took place in May 2019 here.
During the winter of 2019, I led monthly workshops together with Nicholas Mayers, genealogical researcher, and Dr. Tara Inniss, lecturer at the History Department at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill campus.
The format of the workshops consisted of an introduction to the Mercury and its digitization, and the aims of the workshop; overview of the Endangered Archives Programme portal and instructions about how to access and navigate the interface; instructions about doing the transcriptions and saving the documents; time for participants to do the transcriptions either alone or in a group; and finally a group discussion where people could present something interesting they had come upon in the ads they were transcribing, or any other related topic.
Please read more about the workshops here.
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