Launch of Historic Bridgetown Public Awareness and Education Programme #barbados #architecture #unesco #unitednations #culture

For most Barbadians, the question as to what the UNESCO designation of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, as a World Heritage Site really means will now be further explained in the coming months following the launch of a public education and awareness programme today.

This launch is part of the public education and awareness strategy of the Division of Culture and Sports in the Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth and the Barbados World Heritage Committee which has overall responsibility for the management of the World Heritage Site.

{FILE IMAGE - West Wing & Min. Lashley} The multifaceted programme was launched by Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, the Honorable Stephen Lashley, at the West Wing of Parliament and also highlighted a number of activities to inform and educate Barbadians on this prestigious designation. The various upcoming activities will highlight, for a number of target groups, events that concentrate on particular areas which will bring the inscription and its benefits into focus.

Also present at the event was the Chairman of the Barbados World Heritage Committee and Chief Town Planner Mr. Mark Cummins, who gave an insight into the structure of the Committee and its purpose. He also explained how Barbados came to achieve the coveted designation.

As a follow-up, there’ll be information which appeals to many of the constituents interested in the World Heritage site status, who are wondering how their various sectors can benefit, as the Minister addressed the many opportunities and benefits for Barbados. Persons are being urged to attend the many events that have been organised to hear, within their respective groups, what the inscription really means and how it can impact them.

During the event, the new official logo for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was unveiled by the Minister. It features recognisable and iconic aspects of Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison, such as the Parliament Buildings, the Main Guard or Clock Tower, the cannons, and rose windows that are often found in many of the buildings around the Garrison. The logo will be used on all official items relating to the Site. This design was selected from among a number of submissions from various designers. The final design was produced by G&A Communications.

Two other aspects of the education and awareness programme were also unveiled – a jingle and Facebook page. The catchy jingle with a unique mix of military pomp and tuk beat and the hook line ‘Big it up – Bridgetown’ is sung by well known Barbadian musician Alan Sheppard. Members of the audience also witnessed the launch of the official Facebook page for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. Persons can log on to Facebook and click the ‘like’ ‘Big it up Bridgetown’ button to become a fan where they will get fun facts and information on the historic site and eventually, will be able to win prizes.

{FILE IMAGE - MAIN GUARD} Persons will also be encouraged to take part in other planned activities such as tours of the various museums around Bridgetown and the Garrison – these include the Museum of Parliament, the Cricket Legends Museum, George Washington House and the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. There are also expected to be walking tours in and around Bridgetown led by various historians and tour guides. For further information on Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison call The Division of Culture and Sport at 310-2700 or email

Upcoming events which will form part of the educational thrust include a panel discussion on April 19 aimed at business persons and other interested parties entitled “Heritage: Money Pit or Pot of Gold?” There are a number of prominent persons such as businessman Paul Altman who will sit on the panel to give suggestions and show how individuals can use their entrepreneurial spirit to capitalise on the designation following some set guidelines.

Over the coming months there is expected to be heightened activity surrounding Bridgetown and its Garrison especially when the UNESCO officials visit Barbados for the official inscription ceremony now planned for June, 2012.

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