KINGSTON: The Government of Jamaica has announced plans for the establishment of a National Museum of the Jamaican People.
Youth and Culture Minister, Lisa Hanna, said the museum will be created as part of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).
“It will be a space where our children will be able to learn the glorious history of this nation and register pride in our achievement and so develop new confidence and self-worth,” said Hanna. Among other exhibits, Hanna said the museum will contain the artefacts from “our African Heritage now being stored in the IOJ, hidden from the eyes of the Jamaican people”.
The museum project will begin next month with the first major exhibition ever to be held in Jamaica on the Rastafari Movement.
“Every year, our national museum will consider and address another defining part of our history to strengthen our shared understanding of who we are and the national mission we are embarked on,” said Hanna.
The culture minister said the IOJ’s Museum’s Division has been cataloguing and storing artifacts and memorabilia that depict the history of Jamaicans. The national collection now has more than 17,000 objects, many of which are in storage in the basement of the IOJ building in the capital.
“As we build the economic structure of Jamaica we must also build our national cultural identity in order to give every citizen of this country and every curious visitor to our island the opportunity to trace our history and cultural roots through (a) National Museum,” said Hanna.
She said the National Museum will open in Kingston and will give new life to the nation’s capital as the historical, cultural and artistic centre of Jamaica.