Cordell Riley, Deborah Anne Atwood, Minister Zane DeSilva and Theodore Francis Sr, Mr Francis’s father. *Photo supplied
Cordell Riley, Deborah Anne Atwood, Minister Zane DeSilva and Theodore Francis Sr, Mr Francis’s father. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12: Three students researching fascinating nuggets of island history were given a financial boost this week by the Bermuda Historical Society (BHS).

For the first time in its history, the Society presented three education awards to Bermudian doctorate students.

The Society’s $5,000 Historical Award is granted every two years but this year, it said the research of two other applicants was so important, it merited two further bursaries of $3,000 each.

Andrew Bermingham, BHS president, said: “The Bermuda Historical Society has two primary missions — both equally important. One is to ensure the museum is available to residents and visitors year-round, and the other is a commitment to the study of Bermudian history.”

Theodore S Franciss II was awarded the Historical Award and Cordell Riley and Deborah Anne Atwood
received the bursaries. Mr Francis II’s father, Theodore Francis Sr, received the award in his son’s absence, due to academic commitments in the US. Mr Francis II, 36, is a doctoral student in the University of Chicago’s Caribbean/Atlantic World History Programme.

His subject area is Desegregation of Tourism.

Mr Riley, BSc, MSc, attends the University of Tilburg/Taos Institute in Ohio.  He worked for the Bermuda Government for 14 years, becoming an authority on tourism. His subject area is Black Economic Development Post-Desegregation.

He told the Bermuda Sun: “Many people have told me there were more black businesses before desegregation than post, so I am investigating whether that is true and if so, why, considering there are more educational opportunities now. I intend to publish my findings as a book.”

Deborah Anne Atwood, BA, MA, studies at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol University, UK.

Miss Atwood, 27, attended Saltus Grammar School and has worked as a curatorial consultant at Bermuda Maritime Museum.

Her subject area is Tourism and Confinement in Bermuda — the relationship between prisoners of war, conscripted men, and tourism.

Miss Atwood wants to work as an archaeologist in Bermuda.

For more information on the Bermuda Historical Society Museum contact 295-2487.