Celebrating history

celebratinghistorydocksThe Barbados Museum & Historical Society’s 80th Anniversary Exhibition, simply entitled 80, is currently open to the public and will continue through to November 29. It examines the history of Barbados through 80 objects chosen from the museum’s collections to represent particular milestones of the island’s past.

Barbadians have an opportunity to assess, critique and suggest items that could be included to represent the history of the island.

In an effort to appeal to wider audiences, particularly young people, the Barbados Museum is embracing technology and has placed a QR code next to each object, which can be scanned to learn more about the object.

celebratinghistoryartifactsArtefacts featured in the exhibition include a Carnelian bead, which was found with the remains of a shaman at Newton Slave Burial Ground, a Barbados Government Railway first class chair, the National Heroes medal awarded to Bussa, a wall mounted rotary telephone, the Barbados Pineapple Penny and many more rarely-seen objects.

During its 80th Anniversary commemorations this year, the museum is celebrating our history, our heritage and our people, and all are invited to join in the celebrations by viewing this exhibition.

Admission is free for locals and all other CARICOM nationals, upon presentation of ID.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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