The pull of the tiny island, Montserrat

Being less than ten miles long, and also only half-inhabited, the Baton won’t have far to travel when in Montserrat (25.03.201).

Despite the size of Montserrat, its pull on current academic links with the University appears to be strong, and it is the active Soufrière Hills Volcano that has been a common thread among Glasgow academics. Here are just a few examples:

Montserrat

The Soufriere Hills 10 years on, Meeting in July 2005, http://web2.ges.gla.ac.uk/VMSG/reports2005.html

In eruption since 1995 (and the cause of the reduced area of inhabitable land), it was used as the basis of Professor Paul Young‘s study of ‘volcanogenic hydrothermal circulation systems’ and their development of high-enthalpy geothermal energy resources. Underlying Prof Young’s research is the aim to turn the devastation caused by the volcano into a positive – the exploitation of such an energy source from the volcano would enable energy self-sufficiency on the island promoting economic and social regeneration, and in the future have the potential to be exported to other non-volcanic islands. For more accurate and detailed information see Young’s article (2010) Reconnaissance assessment of the prospects for development of high-enthalpy geothermal energy resources, Montserrat.

Montserrat also took centre stage in an article written by Dr Katie Gough, Lecturer in Theatre Studies, which uses the ‘theatre’ of the Soufrière Hills Volcano’s violent eruption of 26 December 1997 that erased two-thirds of the island and “scarred people into thought” as the focus of her chapter “Natural Disaster, Cultural Memory: Montserrat Adrift in the Black and Green Atlantic.”

Currently, we have uncovered only one historical alumni from Montserrat, Mansergh Frederick Haines Griffith. So if you know of any more historical links, let us know!

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