Wednesday 11 December, 2019

First 'Site of Memory' unveiled - The Landship

Along with Barbados' 52nd anniversary, The Barbados Landship will be joining in on the celebrations to commemorate their 155th anniversary.

The Ministry of Culture through the National Cultural Foundation, along with the Barbados Landship Association has launched a project entitled the 'Sites Memory Project,' in which plaques will be installed at 17 former Landship docks across the island.

The project's first unveiling took place last Thursday evening at the last known Landship dock located in Licorish Village, My Lord's Hill, St. Michael.

Speaking to the media during the unveiling, Minister of the Creative Economy, Culture and Sports John King, mentioned the Ministry's plan to collaborate with various organizations to bring about the much-needed awareness of folk heritage in Barbados:

"The Ministry through its creative community agency the National Cultural Foundation, will be collaborating with the Barbados Landship Association, other Ministries such as the Ministry of Youth and Community Empowerment, artists, artisans and NGOs, to develop a nationwide programme to bring about awareness of folk heritage."

King divulged that through this initiative opportunities will be created for a wide range of persons involved in music, theatre and other industries:

"That transfer of knowledge will create opportunities for writers, costume designers, painters, singers, set designers, choreographers, music and theatre producers to create cultural products grounded in the folk vernacular."

"The Barbados Landship Sites Of Memory Project enacts our gratitude to the Landship for reminding us to be mindful of our rich and ancestral legacy."

Highest ranking officer Lord High Admiral Vernon Watson expressed his gratitude for the honoured:

"This is a great gift to the Landship - the occasion of the  Landship Sites Memory Project in recognition of 155 years of  Landship. 

"It gives me immense pleasure for the Barbados Landship to be honoured in this way. I know they are many others who would have wished to be here but cannot be and I am grateful for their contribution as we celebrate our 155 anniversary."


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