As part of its 80th anniversary celebrations, the Barbados Museum and Historical Society will be undertaking an 18-month upgrade that will see the installation and use of technology in its exhibits, as it seeks to draw more young people through its doors.
CIBC FirstCaribbean will play a major role in the fund raising efforts as a Gold Partner at the upcoming 80th Anniversary Scarlet Gala, which has been designed to both raise awareness and funds for the planned upgrade.
Museum Director Alissandra Cummins, in accepting the cheque from Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean, Rik Parkhill, when he paid a visit to the museum, explained that the renovations of the Harewood and Jubilee Galleries were planned to be completed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ Independence in 2016.
She further explained that new research has come to light on the natural history of Barbados following an archaeological find at Port St. Charles. This, she said, indicated an even more pressing need to upgrade the exhibits.
Marketing Officer Christine Skeete also pointed out that museums around the world had to remain relevant and one way to do this was to keep up with technology and create interactive exhibits that capture the imagination of young people.
“It also gives people more access to information – far more than we could have traditionally placed on a display board,” Skeete added.
Not readily having the funds available to do this, the museum then embarked on a capital campaign to raise funds in order to get this upgrade completed. The Scarlet Gala was therefore designed as a major fund-raising event.
Parkhill, in congratulating the organisation on its 80th anniversary, complimented the society for the work that it had done over the years in preserving the heritage of the island and the “important icons of the past from which future generations can learn”.
“As a bank which prides itself on being on the cutting edge of technology, we are happy to play a part in this upgrade for the museum that includes it embracing technology,” he added.