Musgrave Medal

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The Musgrave Medal is awarded by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of achievement in art, science, and literature.[1] The medal is named in honour of Anthony Musgrave, former Governor of Jamaica and founder of the Institute.

The medals were initially awarded as prizes in a cultural competition, but in 1941 the gold medal was initiated and awarded in recognition of a distinguished contribution to one of the above-named fields. The first recipient of the gold medal was Edna Manley.

In 2011, eight Musgrave Medals were awarded, with a gold medal for Headley Jones, designer and builder of Jamaica's first solid body electric guitar in 1940, and builder of audio equipment including some of Jamaica's early sound systems and much of the equipment in Studio One.[2]


  1. ^ Webster, Valerie J (2000) Awards, Honors & Prizes, Volume 2, Gale Group, ISBN 978-0787634056, p. 447
  2. ^ "Honouring Headley - Veteran musician receives Musgrave Gold medal", Jamaica Observer, 14 October 2011, retrieved 2012-04-30