The Cayman Islands National Museum moved one step further in its renovation efforts with the recent signing of a contract with Unit Construction.
The agreement signals the imminent commencement of renovations to the historical structure, damaged by Hurricane Ivan.
A GIS statement noted that Ministry of Education Chief Officer and Trustee of the Museum; Angela Martins attended the contract signing. The signing was also witnessed by Assistant Chief Officer; Joel Francis and Project Manager; Thomas Ebanks, Cayman Surveying Consultants Ltd. Representative; Leonard Prospere, Museum Director; Anita Ebanks, National Museum Board member; Ezithamae Bodden, Museum Facilities Committee Chairman; Omar McLean and Unit Construction Contractor; Gordon McLaughlin.
Since Hurricane Ivan, museum staff have been preserving and saving items which were almost destroyed by the severe damage. ‘Over half of the 7,000 items housed at the Museum’s support facility in Industrial Park were under water,’ said Museum Director Anita Ebanks.
The building refurbishment should be completed within six to eight months from when work begins; displays and exhibits will then be installed. Ms Ebanks believes that the museum will re-open to the public by the end of this year.