The West India Committee is established in Bishopsgate, London to protect trade in the British West Indies
Commissioned Captain Bligh to introduce the breadfruit and mango to the West Indies to overcome food shortages
London River Police
The London River Police is founded, which is the forerunner of the London Metropolitan Police
West India Docks
Instrumental in the building of the West India Docks in southeast London, at the time the biggest brick building in the world
Slavery Abolition and Emancipation
The West India Committee coordinated fundraising to end slave ownership and slave labour. After emancipation in the British West Indies, the Committee reached out to slaves from Portuguese and Spanish colonies in the Caribbean and assisted them in being granted asylum in declared safe havens.
Continental Security Force
Proposed to UK’s Parliament, a continental security force for Africa to protect against slave-trading and deter would-be slave traders
The West Indian Contingent Committee
The West India Committee became the secretariat of the West Indian Contingent Committee administering to the needs of the 16,000 strong British West India Regiment during the First World War
War Services Appeal
WIC War Services Appeal for West Indies servicemen in World War Two. Poster advert for charitable event at the Lyric Theatre.
University of West Indies Chapel
WIC supported the building of University of West Indies Chapel.
WIC Library Donation
The majority of the library of WIC transferred to the University of West Indies
WIC orchestrates Prince Harry's Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Caribbean
WIC orchestrated Prince Harry's Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Caribbean.
WIC published in The House - Parliament's Magazine
WIC partners with The House, Parliament's Magazine, to produce the first 'Guide to The Overseas Territories of the Caribbean' supplement.
2014 - 2016
The Caribbean's Great War project
The Caribbean’s Great War was a Heritage Lottery funded project that highlighted the involvement of the Caribbean and her people in WW1. A temporary exhibition was put on at the Museum of London Docklands which featured a Roll of Honour to the British West Indies Regiment. The exhibition was housed in the London, Sugar and Slavery gallery at the Museum of London Docklands and ran for one year due to popular demand. The launch event commemorated those who had served in the British West Indies Regiment.
2015 - 2017
The West India Committee's Metropolitan Police Bursary Scheme
Between the Autumn of 2015 and the Spring of 2017 WIC ran a Bursary Scheme in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the Garfield Weston Foundation, with the lead administrator of the programme being Charlie Wheeler, Senior Envoy at WIC. We are pleased to announce that of the six participants in the Bursary Scheme, five individuals went on to join the Metropolitan Police Service.
WIC facilitates Montserrat's Associate Membership of UNESCO
Thanks to WIC's efforts throughout the year, Montserrat joined UNESCO as an Associate Member on 3 November 2015. WIC secured an expedited admission, making Montserrat the 200th member of UNESCO.
WIC assists the National Museum of Montserrat
In response to an appeal for assistance from the National Museum of Montserrat, WIC secured funding from the Lindbury Trust to support a six month residential consultancy to develop its archiving and curating strategies through which a number of local youths were trained.
WIC's archive and library inscribed as a UNESCO Memory of the World collection
In 2016, WIC's archive and library was inscribed as a UNESCO Memory of the World collection.
WIC's official partnership with UNESCO begins
In 2016, WIC's official partnership (consultative status) with UNESCO was confirmed. As a consulting NGO to UNESCO, WIC specialises in advising on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and heritage.
WIC supports the Government of Anguilla London Office
Since February 2016, Mrs Blondel Cluff (Chief Executive of the West India Committee) has been the Government of Anguilla's Representative to the UK and EU. Subsequently, the West India Committee has supported Mrs Cluff in her role and the Government of Anguilla London Office is currently located within the charity's office premises. Many of WIC's staff are seconded to the Government of Anguilla London Office to assist with this important work, which has included preparation for Brexit and the recovery from the worst hurricane on record, Hurricane Irma.
2016 - 2017
West Indians: Forefathers of the Metropolitan Police
In October 2016, WIC began a Heritage Lottery funded project on the history of the Thames River Police. The exhibition opened on 13 October 2017 before closing on 14 January 2018.The exhibition held at the Museum of London, Dockland was opened by Dr Boyan Radoykov, head of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme, second only to a World Heritage Site.
WIC publishes a white paper on Anguilla and 'Brexit'
Please click on the link above to view, download and print 'Anguilla & Brexit: Britain's forgotten EU border.' This white paper was produced by The West India Committee in partnership with the Government of Anguilla.
WIC publishes a white paper on Anguilla and Hurricane Irma
Please click on the link above to view, download and print 'Anguilla & Hurricane Irma: Recovery, Resilience and Prosperity.' This white paper was produced by The West India Committee in partnership with the Government of Anguilla in the aftermath of the destruction of the hurricanes in 2017.
WIC raises almost £300,000 for Anguilla's recovery from Hurricane Irma
WIC was designated as one of the official charities to receive public donations following the destruction of Hurricane Irma on Anguilla in September 2017. From numerous sources, WIC was able to raise EC$1,075,140, which is close to £300,000. These funds are reserved specifically for Anguilla's recovery and rebuilding effort. Thank you to all those who donated.
WIC's Chief Executive presents at International Development Select Committee
In October 2017, WIC's Chief Executive, Mrs Blondel Cluff, presented at the International Development Select Committee on the UK's response to Hurricane Irma, on behalf of the Government of Anguilla.
WIC's work is cited at the United Nations
In November 2017, Mrs Blondel Cluff and Mr Charlie Wheeler joined the Government of Anguilla delegation at a CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference at the United Nations (UN) Heaquarters in New York, organised in the aftermath of the hurricanes of 2017. WIC's white paper on Hurricane Irma was accepted and cited by the UN.
WIC's Chief Executive awarded a CBE
In 2018, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Mrs Blondel Cluff a CBE for services to Numismatic Design and the Caribbean community in the UK and Abroad.
WIC staff present evidence at Foreign Affairs Select Committee
In January 2018, on behalf of the Government of Anguilla, WIC staff took part in the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on the subject of the UK's response to the hurricanes of 2017 in its Overseas Territories. Mrs Blondel Cluff CBE and Mr Charlie Wheeler presented evidence in their capacity as WIC and the Government of Anguilla London Office. WIC trainees were in attendance and gained invaluable experience of the parliamentary process.