Archive looks through the lens at the Caribbean’s colonial past

Nearly a thousand photos depicting colonial life in the Caribbean have been uploaded to the photo-sharing Web site Flickr by the National Archives of the UK. The project is in celebration of the 50th anniversaries of independence of both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

Photos come from the Colonial Office photographic collection. Images from 20 Caribbean countries are being uploaded to the Web site. The uploading began on August 6, Jamaican Independence Day, with more than 250 photos from Jamaica. Photos from Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, and the British Virgin Islands have been added daily.

The Flickr albums are part of the Through a Lens project in which the archives partner with “community groups across the UK to use and reuse images from the Caribbean for exhibitions, events and educational workshops,” according to the National Archives Web site. Archive curators are encouraging viewers to comment, tag and share the photos particularly those which remain unidentified. The project continues until August 31.

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