Images of Yesteryear draws students of today

Images of Yesteryear, now on exhibit at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, is full of fascinating photographs that are stimulating discussions among local students about the history and culture of the Cayman Islands.  

The exhibition takes students on a visual history lesson of Cayman and the Caribbean, bringing the past to life and reinforcing concepts and ideas students have read in text books or listened to in lectures.  

Images of Yesteryear, which runs until Oct. 31, features some of the most memorable photographs found in the Cayman Islands National Archives. Brought together by Walkers, the collection chronicles the social and cultural history of the Cayman Islands from 1900 to the 1960s – a time when life moved at a different pace. Photographs have been drawn from several prominent collections, including those of Aarona Kohlman, Ira Thompson, Helen Hirst Gamble, Ivor O. Smith, Marcia Bodden-Bush, Jack Cohen and Robert Maase. 

The National Gallery invites local schools and youth groups of all ages to take advantage of the exhibition by booking free guided tours led by Gallery educators. Gallery tours aim to help students engage and respond to visual art, enhancing learning in relation to a range of curriculum topics.  

During the tours, students investigate photographs that illustrate the people, places, industry and nature of the past, providing meaningful context to historical facts. Photographs, discussions and learning activities link closely to topics in social studies and help students to develop a fuller understanding of the history and culture of the Cayman Islands. 

“These wonderful images bring Cayman’s past to life,” says Ginny Copley, the gallery’s education manager. “Classes that visit will find out about the people, places, boats, nature and music of Cayman through these images. … We hope schools will take advantage of this great opportunity and book a tour with us as soon as they can.” 


Tours of Images of Yesteryear last 45 minutes and can accommodate up to 20 students. Tours must be booked in advance by calling the gallery at 945-8111 or by emailing [email protected] 

A group of students examine photographs at Images of Yesteryear 17 September 2013

Students examine photographs at Images of Yesteryear.