In this season of overwhelming natural disasters we here at Pennywise, like so many others, have been working to make a difference in some small way. On September 6th the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla was devastated by Hurricane Irma. Pennywise director, Liz Subin, has a special connection to the island having lived and worked there as founding director of the Anguilla National Trust. Through long standing connections and creative collaborations with multiple partners, Pennywise announces the Anguilla Heritage Assessment Project.
The Anguilla Heritage Assessment Project will document storm-related impacts to cultural resources on Anguilla, contribute to broader research that addresses the effects of climate change on cultural heritage, assist government and non-governmental organizations in measuring the impacts of the 2017 storms and enhance teaching of heritage management and sustainability. The project will also identify and generate potential for sustainable cultural preservation efforts and support local heritage management.
The project will be led by Dr. John Crock of the University of Vermont and will include the Government of Anguilla, the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society, and the Pennywise Foundation. Together, project partners will work to identify potential for cultural preservation efforts to support humanitarian relief efforts through job creation, clean-up and rebuilding initiatives.