The Montserrat National Museum was officially opened by TRH Prince and Princess Edward
Press Release 2012
Montserrat (March 2, 2012) - The National Museum of Montserrat located in Little Bay opened its doors to the public on Friday March 2, 2012, some eight months after work commenced.
The building was officially opened to a large crowd by TRH Prince and Princess Edward, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and The European Union (EU), the EC$2.5m museum is a one-of-a-kind creation which was designed and built by local Architect, Alford Dyett and Associates with support from Mr. David Powell, from the Swedish Museum of Architecture and Kult Consultants and Dr. Lennox Honeychurch, Curator of the Dominica National Museum.
The project Implementation Unit (PIU) managed the construction of the building which was kept on schedule. The new museum is equipped with storage and exhibition areas; a souvenir shop; a meeting room; a refectory area; and is equipped to accommodate persons with disabilities.
The Montserrat National Trust, who manages the museum, mounted its first exhibition "Crossing Stitches" which showed the cultural and trade links between England, Africa and Montserrat. This was also depicted on a gigantic painting, created by local artist Kelvin "Tabu" Duberry. Five distinct sections made up the theme, which were placed strategically in the exhibition area.
The Montserrat National Trust established the first museum in a sugar mill in Richmond Hill in 1976 but the building was abandoned in 1996 due to volcanic activity. The artifacts and displays currently in storage will be returned to the new museum where permanent displays will be mounted.