PhD candidate/Guest Staff Member
John Angus Martin was born in the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. He holds a BS degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1986), MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics (1995) and MA in History (1999) from Clemson University, South Carolina. Since 2012 he has served as the Director/Curator of the Grenada National Museum in St. George’s, Grenada. He is also a part-time Lecturer in History/Caribbean Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at St. George’s University, Grenada.
His main research interests are the history and culture of Grenada, particularly slavery and colonialism. He is the author of the
A-Z of Grenada Heritage (Macmillan Caribbean, 2007), and
Island Caribs and French Settlers in Grenada, 1498-1763 (Grenada National Museum Press, 2013), the latter based on his masters’ thesis.
Within NEXUS, Mr. Martin is investigating the sustainability of small museums and heritage institutions in the Eastern Caribbean. He will examine the historical and changing role of museums/heritage institutions in the Eastern Caribbean, and to look at ways of enhancing their sustainability, particularly through addressing issues of ownership, management, training, relevance, innovation, support and interactions with their respective communities. He will use as a case study the state of Grenada and its two primary museums, the Grenada National Museum and Carriacou Historical Society Museum, to illustrate a possibly path to sustainability through actions/steps that can render museums and other heritage institutions in the region relevant.