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National Museum gets a Facelift

The Cayman Islands National Museum building received a facelift when it went thru a roof renovation and painting project. These efforts were carried out to protect the building itself and the artefacts we are entrusted to preserve so that future generations can enjoy what the Museum has to offer. 

 

In addition to replacing it’s roof, the National Museum also replaced the entire front balcony to make it stronger and safer for visitors. The 200-year-old building was painted/ white limed to breathe life into its historical appearance.

Quadrille Dancers win Gold 

Museum’s Public Relations & Media/Design Specialist, Brian Watler Jr. has been teaching students from the Edna M. Moyle Primary School how to dance Cayman’s Traditional Quadrille. Beginning in September 2018, the students were taught the basics of the dance, the footwork, figures, and learned a choreographed piece, which they performed at the National Children’s Festival of the Arts (“NCFA”) in 2019 and won gold.

Cayman Airways Firsts Speaker Series Lecture

In March 2019, we kickstarted our Speaker Series lecture with a special Q&A session, moderated by Shenice McField, with Cayman Airways’ first Managing Director, Norman Bodden and Cayman Airways VP of Flight Operations, Dave Scott.  

Both men shared their memories of the company’s early years, how it developed from a single plane that flew three flights per week from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac. Prior to 1968, LACSA, the Costa Rican airline now known as Avianca Costa Rica, operated the Brac service. International flights at the time were provided by British World Airways, with service to Miami and Jamaica. 

The Cayman Islands Government purchased all of the shares from LACSA and formed what we know today as Cayman Airways Ltd. 

Clifton Hunter High School Intern spends a day at the Museum

As part of Clifton Hunter High School’s ‘Take a Child to Work Day’ –  Jaden McCoy (15), who has an interest in Graphic Design, spent the day at the Cayman Islands National Museum shadowing Brian Watler Jr., PR & Media/Design Specialist. The Cayman Islands National Museum opened the Alvin McLaughlin: Steeped in Tradition exhibition on Saturday, 18 May 2019 for International Museum Day, and welcomed Mr McCoy to design a logo for the event. Additionally, Jaden was able to get a behind-the-scenes look in exhibition design and curation alongside the Museum’s Curation & Collections Manager, Debra Barnes-Tabora. 

Museum Acquires New Van

Have you seen our new Museum van around town? We’re excited to have a properly branded van that invites guests to visit the National Museum on the Waterfront. 

 

The design features the National Museum Building, notch plaiting, illustrations of Cayman icons and Mr. Harvey - the Museum’s popular life-like, talking animatronic. 

International Museum Day 2019

[Excerpt from ICOM website] ICOM selects each year for International Museum Day a theme that is at the heart of the concerns of society.

 

“Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”

 

The role of museums in society is changing. Museums keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact.

 

With that in mind, the Cayman Islands National Museum opened its newest exhibition, Alvin McLaughlin: Steeped in Tradition, which will be on thru Spring 2020. The exhibition takes viewers through the life of Alvin McLaughlin of East End who was heavily involved with the East End Pirates Week Committee and saw many victories in the District Float Parade and Heritage Day competitions. 

 

Additionally, McLaughlin is known for his collecting of historical objects. From saws to cutlery and even old record players, Alvin took great care in preserving Cayman’s past for future generations. 

 

The National Museum acquired some 360+ historical objects from Alvin that brings the Museum’s collection to over 9,750 artefacts.

 

Visit the National Museum to see a few of these artefacts displayed in the Alvin McLaughlin: Steeped in Tradition exhibit.

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North Side District Looky Ya! 

[Excerpt from ICOM website] ICOM selects each year for International Museum Day a theme that is at the heart of the concerns of society.

 

“Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”

 

The role of museums in society is changing. Museums keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact.

 

With that in mind, the Cayman Islands National Museum opened its newest exhibition, Alvin McLaughlin: Steeped in Tradition, which will be on thru Spring 2020. The exhibition takes viewers through the life of Alvin McLaughlin of East End who was heavily involved with the East End Pirates Week Committee and saw many victories in the District Float Parade and Heritage Day competitions. 

 

Additionally, McLaughlin is known for his collecting of historical objects. From saws to cutlery and even old record players, Alvin took great care in preserving Cayman’s past for future generations. 

 

The National Museum acquired some 360+ historical objects from Alvin that brings the Museum’s collection to over 9,750 artefacts.

 

Visit the National Museum to see a few of these artefacts displayed in the Alvin McLaughlin: Steeped in Tradition exhibit.

Speaker Series: Collecting and Caring for East End’s Historical Objects

In recognition of the opening of the Alvin McLaughlin: Steeped in Tradition exhibition, Alvin McLaughlin joined us for a Speaker Series lecture held in the audiovisual theatre in May to talk about his involvement with the East End Pirates Week Committee and his early years at sea.

We welcomed over a dozen visitors to the lecture, and will host a Part 2 in the near future.

Educating students on Careers at the

Cayman Islands National Museum

Prospect Primary School Career Day 

Each year, the National Museum is invited to share career options at the Museum with the students of Prospect Primary School (“PPS”). The largest primary school Career Day on the island, the PPS Career Day welcomed hundreds of students from various schools on the Island. We look forward to attending again next year!

   

John Gray High School Career Day

We’re always happy to be part of the John Gray High School Career day; encouraging the students to follow their dreams. Brian Watler Jr. and Shenice McField spoke with students about the importance of following their passions and pursuing a career that they will love for years to come.

 

Cayman International School Career Day

This year, we took part in the CIS Career Day - speaking to various classes in an informal classroom setting.

 

Bodden Town Primary School Career Day 

Launching its first ever Career Day, Bodden Town Primary invited us to take part and share with students the career opportunities at the Cayman Islands National Museum. 

Looky Ya! Mango Season at the Museum

On 6 July, 2019 The Cayman Islands National Museum hosted the 4th annual Looky Ya! Mango Season at the Museum. Locals and Visitors enjoyed traditional food, music, mango products, and a Mango Peeling competition, with Doreen Porter winning consecutively for the second year, and Aiyana Barnes winning the Youth Mango Peeling Champion title for the first time this year. 

 

 Mango Season was started in 2016 and has continuously grown in attendance. Although, the decision was made to downsize the event space this year, more vendors were present than previous events. This cultural marketplace of locally made products; showcased a wide variety of mango products, jewelry, visual art, traditional crafts, and more. 

Muzey the Mascot makes his debut

Muzey the Mascot made his debut when the Museum erected its new wayfinding signage around the Old Courts Building. Look out for Muzey on our Social media pages, our website and eventually in our Museum Gift Shop.

Water Authority supports

Miss Annie Huldah Animatronic

In celebration of its 35th Anniversary, The Water Authority pledged a large donation to sponsor an animatronic figure of Annie Huldah Bodden that will be displayed in our Courtroom diorama. Ms Annie will be a life-like animatronic, more advanced than existing Mr Harvey animatronic, and will bring life to the Courtroom diorama in the Cultural History Gallery. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting addition to the National Museum. 

Immerse Summer Camp

At our Immerse Summer Camp in July, students ages 9‑13 got to learn about Cayman’s traditions and culture.

 

During the week-long camp, participants learned how to cook and bake Cayman delicacies, make rope, plait thatch and dance the Quadrille - one of Cayman’s traditional dances. 

 

Since its inception and launch in 2017, participation in the Immerse Summer Camp, which was started under the coordination of Brian Watler Jr. and Shenice McField, has tripled! Each camper enjoys the camp, returning the next year and bringing someone.

 

Our theme for next year will be on Cayman’s Maritime Heritage. Students will learn all about one of our biggest assests - the ocean.

Hurricane Ivan Speaker Series

In September, we hosted a Hurricane Ivan 3-part Speaker Series where we were joined by Mr Tibbetts from the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, Mrs Coleman from Hazard Management Cayman Islands,  Mr David Watler of Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd and Mr Tim Adam (former CEO of Cable & Wireless). 

Each lecture was very insightful - providing information on the role each organization plays in disaster management and Hurricane Preparedness as well as the recovery efforts of key organisations after Hurrican Ivan in 2004. 

Proceeds from all three lectures was donated to the Red Cross to assist the Bahamas in their recovery efforts after Hurricane Dorian.

Cayman represented at Carifesta in Trinidad

The Cayman Islands National Museum sent two representatives to Carifesta - the region’s largest cultural festival in Trinidad & Tobago in August. Mr Jeralow Rankine of East End and Mrs Debra Barnes-Tabora showcased the rich culture and heritage of our Islands, with a display of local crafted items and net-making demonstrations. Mrs Virgina of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (“CNCF”) told Anansi stories to the students and passersby at the event. 

Older Persons’ Trip to the Museum

We’re happy to have hosted 60 seniors from various district on Island at the National Museum today! It was an honour to have them visit and enjoy traditional porridge’s prepared by Mr Alvin McLaughlin of East End.

Museum supports Heritage Day

at Cayman Academy

We’re happy to have been invited to attend the Cayman Academy Heritage Day on Wednesday, 16 October! The students looked amazing and listened intently to each presentation.

 

Mr Brian Watler Jr., and Miss Shenice McField gave students a trip down memory lane - with a look at traditional clothing and the importance of preserving our culture and heritage. Some students also learned how to the Quadrille. 

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P.O. Box 2189 GT Cayman Islands, KY1-1105 

Tel: 345-949-8368  Email: info@museum.ky

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