Sir Henry describes Glendairy Prison as a gold mine

An independent senator has described the abandoned Glendairy Prison as a gold mine on which Government has failed to capitalize.

Professor Sir Henry Fraser said former prisons around the world had become national treasures and major tourist attractions, and he was convinced of Glendairy Prisons’ potential to generate significant income for the country, while also being used to assist in the rehabilitation of former prisoners.

Sir Henry, an architectural historian and former dean of the faculty of Medical Sciences at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, was speaking today in the Senate on the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Amendment Bill.

He explained that a report on the potential of Glendairy was in the hands of key Government officials for more than a year, but no action had been taken on the recommendations to bring life to the 14-acre property that has been abandoned since the fire in 2005.

Sir Henry supported the measure before the Senate, and described the amendments to reduce the probation period for ex-convicts to apply to have their criminal records expunged as a “sensible” measure.

He cited work being done by prisoners of HMP Dodds in St Philip in areas such as wood work, baking, visual arts and agriculture.

However, he called for a twinning of rehabilitative efforts inside the prison with those after persons are released from the facility.

Such collaboration, he insisted, would greatly enhance the chances of ex-prisoners finding employment and reintegrating into society without becoming burdens or posing a threat to law-abiding citizens.

In this connection, he said Glendairy Prison at Station Hill, St Michael would play an important role in providing a more central location for former inmates to sell their work in cabinetry, visual arts, agriculture and culinary arts.

Describing the former male cell block built in the 1800s as one of the most “magnificent” buildings in the country, Sir Henry said the abandoned penal facility, like Alcatraz
in the United States and Robben Island Prison in South Africa, could become a world-famous prison museum.

9 Responses to Sir Henry describes Glendairy Prison as a gold mine

  1. Nathaniel Samuels December 14, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Sir Henry has a plan and the Government should give him the tools and the cash to make his plan a reality. They would have absolutely nothing to lose and it would be money worth spending when compared to all the money they are starting to spend now that elections are drawing nigh.
    At least with this heritage tourism,we would see positive results in the years ahead.

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  2. hcalndre December 14, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I agree it could be an attraction for who never visited or was not confined there because people has their curiousities but a gold mine? Was Lord Nelson imprisoned there? Is it a Disney World? or because poor blacks were unjustly jailed and executed there.

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  3. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams December 14, 2017 at 5:52 am

    So it also doubles as a halfway house?

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  4. Carson C Cadogan December 14, 2017 at 6:18 am

    It needs pushing down.

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    • Snakeoil December 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Carson C Cadogan you are so Short Sighted in your comments! with so many homeless in Bim this could be used to help the homeless while providing Historical Toursim.

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  5. archy perch December 14, 2017 at 8:01 am

    We could use Glendairy to lockup some of those crooked politicians and their friends who imported stuff for the government when Owen Arthur ruled things bout here.
    All the now millionaires that subsequently found the blood of Jesus Christ to wash them clean. All the rascals connected to the big investment with Al Barrack and the massive payout.

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  6. Jerry December 14, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Kudos to Sir Henry who has Barbados best interest . Get Stuart Layne involved .It should be converted as a tourist youth hostel attracting younger travelers who just want a clean bed. The grounds could be used for locals to set up and sell their products. Fruit, coconuts, drinks ,local food. It would create permanent jobs in the neighborhood and allow travelers to really experience Barbados Life. It will also act as a catalyst to the neighborhood.

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  7. Helicopter(8P) December 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    The history of the site alone is captivating, as Glen Dairy was as dairy cattle farm in its fore day! Abundant Panama grass better known on the isle as Sour grass was plentiful during it’s dairy days!

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  8. Alex Alleyne December 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    We can housed NELSON there. Then it will become the “Gold Mine”.
    KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE……..alright-then.

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