“The Bermuda National Museum offers a wealth of knowledge and inspiration, and deepens our understanding of our past and Bermuda’s place in a wider world,” said the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, Dr. Ernest Peets as he continued his visits to the island’s cultural institutions.
His most recent stop was the National Museum of Bermuda in Dockyard.
The public will know that as part of his ongoing support of the island’s museums and galleries, Minister Peets has committed to engaging with those who manage these facilities so that he can have a better understanding of the work being done to preserve Bermuda’s heritage and cultural legacy.
Having undergone a gradual transformation, the National Museum of Bermuda aims to engage the local community and create exhibitions and programmes that spark curiosity and a sense of discovery.
Located at the Royal Naval Dockyard the National Museum of Bermuda was created by the Bermuda National Trust in 1974. It has since expanded beyond its original mandate, which focused on maritime history and the restoration of Bermuda’s largest fort, The Keep. The Museum also periodically partners with overseas institutions to conduct archaeological and historical research.
With the support of the Government, the Museum acquired the Casemates complex in 2013, and it officially became the National Museum of Bermuda—growing from a 10 to 16-acre property.
Minister Peets said, “For nearly 50 years, those who oversee this historical facility have transformed the once derelict ramparts, bastions, and historic buildings into a first-class Museum. It now houses the largest collection of historic objects in Bermuda. So, it was a pleasure to spend some time at this iconic historical institution.
“I was also intrigued to learn about all of the milestone initiatives being undertaken by the National Museum of Bermuda, particularly their recently launched ‘Future of History’ campaign, as well as their ‘Bermuda Family Scrapbook’ project. Our island’s nearly 500-year history is rich, complex and captivating, and we view the National Museum as the most significant cultural institution in Bermuda that meticulously explores our place in the world.”
The Minister’s museum visits are in keeping with the Ministry’s National Cultural Heritage Policy which was launched last year. The Policy (https://communityandculture.bm/culture-heritage/) speaks to the significance of preserving and supporting Bermuda’s traditions, culture and heritage.
Last year, the Ministry provided the National Museum with a Heritage Grant of $8,000 which went towards their student internship programme. For more information about the National Museum visit www.nmb.bm.
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