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The BRC has been at the forefront of important research on Barbuda, led by Professor Sophia Perdikaris, an environmental archaeologist who has used her research to challenge the destruction of our natural habitat and important historical sites by so-called developers. A much welcomed small museum was opened in 2012 in one of the Council buildings in Barbuda, but was soon closed. It was part of three projects funded at a total cost of US$1.2 million over three years by the US National Science Foundation, PSC Cuny and the Graduate School and University Centre of New York. Sophia established the Barbuda Research Centre here, which at one time also had an Aquaponics Research Facility next door, farming Tilapia which is fast becoming the staple diet of the fish-eating world, although somewhat surprising on Barbuda, a nation of fishers. In the future a permanent museum could facilitate the storage of the many important archival materials and artefacts found by BRC in their research.There should also be space for Barbudans to see the ‘Codrington Correspondence’ – a collection of more than 500 letters concerning Antigua and Barbuda written by the Codrington family and their overseers. This collection has been microfilmed by the University of Texas  and is available for use there.

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