Mu­se­ums tackle dis­as­ter plan­ning

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Heritage -

With hur­ri­canes and floods hav­ing had dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts on Caribbean states, mu­seum op­er­a­tors have turned their at­ten­tion to dis­as­ter plan­ning and man­age­ment.

The is­sue is among sev­eral dom­i­nat­ing dis­cus­sions dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Mu­se­ums Con­fer­ence at the Errol Bar­row Cen­tre for Cre­ative Imag­i­na­tion, Cave Hill.

Pres­i­dent of the Mu­se­ums As­so­ci­a­tion of the Caribbean and di­rec­tor of the na­tional gallery of the Cay­man Is­lands, Na­talie Urquhart, has had first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence with hur­ri­canes.

“The Cay­man Is­lands was dec­i­mated in 2004 by Hur­ri­cane Ivan, so we’ve all been touched by cli­mate change and it’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ur­gent to have these dis­cus­sion. Many of us, like my­self, are trained in dis­as­ter man­age­ment but we need more knowl­edge, we need more re­sources. A key part of these work­shops is ac­tu­ally hav­ing new con­tacts that we can con­nect to in a dis­as­ter,” she said.

100 del­e­gates

Dur­ing the three-day con­fer­ence that will host sev­eral ple­nary ses­sions and work­shops, the close to 100 del­e­gates will ex­am­ine post-dis­as­ter needs as­sess­ment of cul­ture and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and com­mu­nity re­silience.

The con­fer­ence is also be­ing used as a ma­jor net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity for the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants, a large num­ber of whom are from the United States and Scot­land.

Last evening, the con­fer­ence was ad­dressed by Prin­ci­pal of the Cave Hill Cam­pus of the Univer­sity of the West Indies, Pro­fes­sor Eu­dine Bar­riteau.

In an ear­lier mes­sage to the del­e­gates, she noted the sig­nif­i­cant role played by her­itage and its con­ser­va­tion in the pro­mo­tion of na­tional iden­tity and the cre­ation of ef­fec­tive na­tion build­ing.

(Pic­ture by WILLCOMM.)

Di­rec­tor of the Bar­ba­dos Mu­seum and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Alis­san­dra Cum­mins, pres­i­dent of the Mu­se­ums As­so­ci­a­tion of the Caribbean Na­talie Urquhart and project co­or­di­na­tor of EU-LAC Mu­se­ums Karen Brown.

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