Musgrave Medal

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Sir Anthony Musgrave

The Musgrave Medal is awarded by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of achievement in art, science, and literature.[1] Originally conceived in 1889 and named in memory of Sir Anthony Musgrave, the founder of the Institute and the former Governor of Jamaica who had died the previous year, the medal was the first to be awarded in the Western Hemisphere.

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. A Silver Medal is also awarded, recognizing outstanding merit in Literature, Science or the Arts.[2]

In 2011, eight Musgrave Medals were awarded, with a gold medal for Hedley 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.[3]

Gold Medal winners[edit]


  1. ^ Webster, Valerie J. (2000), Awards, Honors & Prizes, Volume 2, Gale Group, ISBN 978-0787634056, p. 447.
  2. ^ "Musgrave Medals Presentation", Institute of Jamaica, 30 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Honouring Headley - Veteran musician receives Musgrave Gold medal", Jamaica Observer, 14 October 2011, retrieved 2012-04-30.
  4. ^ "Sly and Robbie strike gold", Jamaica Observer, 22 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015
  5. ^ "Anthony Winkler and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan reap Musgrave Gold". susumba. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Eight Outstanding Jamaicans Awarded Musgrave Medals". Jamaica Information Service. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Musgrave Awardees". Institute of Jamaica. Retrieved 6 February 2015.