Presentation of Certificate Qualifications on concluding studies of the Canadian Association of Museums: Introduction to Museum Studies Distance Learning Program

Four members within Barbados’ museum profession have recently completed the Commonwealth Association of Museums’ (CAM) distance learning certificate course- An Introduction to Museum Studies. CAM, which is an international NGO based in Canada dedicated to supporting museums and museum workers throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, offered the course in 2017 and it ran simultaneously in various Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas and Guyana.

Keron Hamblin

During the presentation ceremony which took place at the Walled Garden Theatre at the BMHS grounds, joint course tutors Director of the BMHS, Alissandra Cummins and Deputy Director, Kevin Farmer applauded the four participants for their commitment and hard work during the course of study, while continuing with their work full time throughout.

Stating the importance of staying current with practices and standards of the profession, Ms. Cummins highlighted the need for more exposure of these programmes to young professionals. “This is the third occasion that we have had to have members of staff participate on this course. With new members of staff joining us over the last two years, we felt that it would be a benefit to them and the organization to engage in this opportunity to develop new ideas and innovative approaches to their roles. We look forward to their contributions as we continue to create connections between the museum’s collections and our communities.”

Mac Graduation Ruth Linton

The participants of the course included three staff members of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society (BMHS), Dario Forte, Kerron Hamblin and Klebere Perry, and Ruth Linton of the Museum of Parliament and National Heroes Gallery, who all received their Course Certificates from the Director and Deputy Director for the successful conclusion of their studies at a ceremony held on 22nd August. Some of the topics covered during their course included Exhibition Development, Educational Programming, Museum Administration, Community Relations and Collections Management.

The certification course highlighted for the participants the need to have better understanding of the specific requirements of the Caribbean within the museum field.

As stated by course participant Dario Forte “The uniqueness of the Caribbean can be lost within the generalization of the Commonwealth, however the course was able to shed light on the areas and resources we may lack, while allowing through its course work for us to locate solutions to the issues we may encounter- issues such as Disaster preparedness for collections during Hurricane Season”.

With the knowledge gained from the course participants look forward to implementing the practices within their various roles at their institutions.

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