Monday, 25 May 2009

Jamaica's Bustamante Museum treasures at risk

Author: Hunter, Nadisha
Title: Busta Museum treasures at risk
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Date Published: Monday, May 25, 2009

The article reports on the plight of a local museum, which lacks the funding necessary to insure its collection and complete facilities to serve the public. Also raised is the effect of the economic downturn on the local museum, as funding and the museum's budget is threatened. In the article, some of the items in the Bustamante Museum's collection are revealed or mentioned. Its situation is also compared with another local museum.


The recently opened Bustamante Museum, which houses a multimillion-dollar collection of memorabilia of National Hero and former Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante, is not insured, The Gleaner has learnt.

Nora Strudwick, project manager at the Bustamante Museum, has revealed that the historic collection - which includes letters, photographs, regalia and other items, some on display for the first time - is at risk.

Lack of funding has also stymied adequate fire-prevention and security plans. There's only a single caretaker on the property.

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