The responsibilities of the Desk include:
- To research and document the rich diversity of Barbadian cultural identity (in particular those indigenous cultural forms relating to our social and leisure practices, that depict and define who we are within the context of our post-colonial history).
- To maintain sound international best practices in conducting all research. The principal methods used are grounded in ethnography and include mainly participant observation, field notes, and particularly oral history interviews. Its research practices are in line with the International Review Board’s standards which also guides our research protocols, instruments and philosophy.
- To maintain oversight of the NCF’s small reference library;
- To safeguard relevant documentation generated by the NCF on its projects;
- To source research material internally and externally for NCF projects.
The initiatives of the Research and Documentation desk include:
-NCF’s Oral History Programme,
-the Crop Over Heritage Exhibition in conjunction with the Barbados Museum & Historical Society,
-the Crop Over Colouring and Activity Work Book for children and the 1937 Riots Resource Kit for tutors, camp leaders, parents and community leaders