Alissandra Cummins Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society is a recognized authority on Caribbean heritage, museum development and art, and a Fellow of the Museums Association (FMA, U.K), a first for the Caribbean.
She has been a lecturer in Heritage Studies, Caribbean Art and Museums with the UWI for more than a decade. Ms. Cummins was appointed Barbados’ Special Envoy for Cultural Heritage in 1999 and served as Chairperson of the National Art Gallery Committee (1998-2011).
She is the author of several articles and chapters on Caribbean art, museums and heritage in various publications.
Ms. Cummins has recently contributed to a number of heritage publications including Stefano, M L, Davis, P, and Corsane, G (eds), (2012), 'Touching the Intangible: Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage'. She is co-editor of the recently published Curating in the Caribbean (2012) and a contributor and co-editor of an upcoming publication (August 2012) entitled Plantation to Nation: Caribbean Museums and National Identity.
She has also contributed to Albert, B-T, R Bernecker, and B Rudolff (eds). Understanding Heritage: Paradigms in Heritage Studies (due June 2012) and Basil Reid (ed). Caribbean Heritage (due September 2012). In recent months she was appointed as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Intangible Heritage.