Ground has finally been broken at the site of the Lookout Gallery and Exhibition Hall. Tooie Goodwin and Shirley Hirtle did the honours of breaking the ground. As our longest serving members at the FIM&NT it seemed only right that these two wonderful ladies did the honours.
The Staff and Trustees of the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust are pleased to announce that a donation of £100,000.00 has been made towards the Lookout Gallery & Exhibition Hall’s exhibitions and displays.
The donor, and the close Friend of the Museum who engineered the donation, both wish to remain anonymous. FIMNT Director, Andrea Barlow said, “this significant donation will go a long way towards making the LGEH a visitor attraction the Falklands can be proud of. We are truly grateful to those involved for supporting the National Trust of the Falkland Islands.”
We have some great news to share with you. The Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust is about to embark on its biggest project to date! We now have the funds we need to make a start on the project. Thanks to a loan and additional grant from the Falkland Islands Government, we can finally make a start.
Sadly, due to various reasons, the LGEH will not be completed in time for the 40th Anniversary as we had hoped – instead, we anticipate the building being completed mid to late 2023.
We still want to mark the anniversary so plans are afoot to unveil a plaque on the site during 2022 – details of who will be making the unveil will follow shortly.
Our fundraising efforts are still very much alive – please help us reduce our loan so funds can be directed towards other National Trust projects.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. It really does mean the world to us.
The FIMNT team.
THE FALKLAND ISLANDS MUSEUM & NATIONAL TRUST stewards a large collection of artefacts yet unseen by the public. These artefacts, that range from items left in the aftermath of 1982, to the larger items in our collection such as the Sea King Search & Rescue helicopter flown by The Duke of Cambridge while on tour in the Islands in 2012, tell stories that have a pivotal role to play in understanding our past – and our collective future.
As part of our responsibility for these cultural assets of national significance, we are building a new home that will finish the stories that began at the award winning Historic Dockyard Museum in 2014.
OUR AIM? A purpose-built facility measuring 20m by 60m that will allow the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust to deliver on its mission in ways that right now, it can only imagine.
With four galleries, and hundreds of new objects on display, the public will be able to uncover hidden histories, re-imagine familiar stories, and reflect on their connection to the Islands.
We believe that our collection and cultural asset of national significance deserves the best possible home.
We believe we have a unique opportunity to share our stories, aspiring to include voices from across the world.
We believe that the best way to learn is by allowing the public access to these treasures.
We were very grateful to receive a donation of £30,000 from the John R. Murray Charitable Trust. This will go along way in our preparations for the new building so we are extremely appreciative.
The Historic Dockyard Museum is a fantastic asset for the Falklands but what it doesn't do is encompass enough storage space. The smaller items in our collection are at Britannia House in cardboard boxes - the larger items are stored in garages, warehouses, sheds and containers—all unsuitable homes for the history and heritage of our Islands. We are now at a point where we have to consider whether or not we can take any more donations.
The new facility will give us 360m² in storage space which will ensure that a fundamental part of our heritage is not lost. The new building will also provide us with 960m² of space for the new galleries—galleries that will complete the stories started at the Historic Dockyard Museum. This project is of immeasurable cultural value and national resonance. This extension of our award winning museum will allow us to share more of the Falklands with the rest of the world.
Having the responsibility of saving the heritage of a nation on your shoulders is a massive burden and we need your financial commitment to make certain we cross that threshold. Our campaign has already garnered encouraging support from the Friends of the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust and the Jane Cameron National Archives, and from the Falkland Islands Government.
We set out on this journey 6 years ago and we hope that you will consider supporting us on the rest of our journey. Please secure your place in Falklands history by donating to our campaign.