Students from John Gray High School’s Year 12 class recently toured the National Museum complex as part of the school’s Heritage Day celebrations.
The museum buildings are now open for guided tours, offering the public an opportunity to see the restored building before the exhibits are installed.
The museum completed its two-and-a-half-year restoration programme following Hurricane Ivan in 2004. During the process, the museum was modernised, particularly with respect to introduction of technology necessary for a contemporary museum, while careful attention was paid to preserving the building’s historical authenticity.
Students were conducted on the tours by Nasaria Chollette, Museum Education Officer, who said that students might be interested in sponsoring an exhibit.
‘I explained that we are seeking corporate and community sponsorship for each exhibit and that sponsor’s name would be displayed in the museum once exhibits are installed,’ said Mrs. Chollette.
‘They were excited by that possibility and thought that perhaps they might be able to raise funds through a membership drive at their school in order to sponsor one of the exhibits.’
Mrs. Chollette said that she was really impressed that the students took ownership for their own heritage and culture in that way.
‘I think we gravely underestimate our young people in this country … they proved that, once given the opportunity to shine, they can step up to the plate,’ she said.
Persons interested in a guided tour of the museum may sign up at the on-site Museum Gift Shop. Currently, one tour is offered each day.