BARBADOS – SOCIETY FOR ARTS – USEFUL ARTS PROMOTED – AN AWARD MEDAL – ‘ARE THERE ANY SURVIVORS?’ – Ken Eckardt

In July 1781 Mr Joshua Steele wrote to the Society at Adelphi in London informing that several Gentlemen of property and liberal education had formed a Society on the island of Barbados for the ‘Promotion of Useful Arts’. These included agriculture, manufacturing and innovation all in order to provide vocation training and employment to the poorer classes, both white and black, on the island.

In May 1782 the Society decided to commission an Award Medal to be presented to deserving individuals contributing to the aims of the Society. Have any of these award medals survived?

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