Support builds for National Museum

Support builds for National Museum

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Topics: Heritage & Culture

In the basement of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) on East Street in downtown Kingston, thousands of artefacts are locked away from public view because the country does not have a national museum to appropriately house them. In an effort to remedy this unfortunate state of affairs, the Friends of the Museums (of History and Ethnography) and the Our Story Foundation have embarked on a drive to foster greater connection between the general public and existing museums and establish a much needed civic space for the National Collection.

The Friends of the Museums is presently accepting individual, family and corporate donations of money, time or ideas, while the Our Story Foundation is soliciting participation in a campaign for a permanent home for Jamaica’s cultural and historical treasures. The Museums division of the IOJ oversees five museum locations – Fort Charles Museum (Port Royal, Kingston), Hanover Museum, People’s Museum of Craft and Technology (Spanish Town), Museum of St. James and the Taino Museum of the First Jamaicans (slated for relocation from White Marl to Hellshire, St. Catherine).

A terracotta bust of Mary Seacole sculpted in 1871 by Count Victor Gleichen, nephew of Queen Victoria.

Ainsley Henriques, Dr. Dhiru Tanna, Mexican Ambassador Leonora Rueda and Carol Rose Brown at the launch of Friends of the Museums and Our Story Foundation on May 17

Staci-Marie Dehaney, executive director of the Museums of History and Ethnology, Institute of Jamaica, discusses this artefact from the National Collection with Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen.

Staci-Marie Dehaney, executive director of the Museums of History and Ethnology, Institute of Jamaica.

A bell from the slave ship African Queen.

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