JIS News

Several artefacts from various divisions of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) will be on display at a virtual Heritage Fest to take place on Friday, October 30 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The public can view the one-hour event via the IOJ’s YouTube page.

Deputy Director of IOJ, Nicole Patrick-Shaw, told JIS News that the virtual event will give people a “sneak peek” of some of the notable artefacts from the Institute’s collections.

She noted that while the IOJ is closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, “we didn’t want the public to miss out on having access to our resources, especially to the entities that we facilitate for the education of our students and to generate excitement of our cultural heritage”.

She informed that each division will display at least three artefacts from its collections. They will be taken from the National Museum Jamaica, National History Museum of Jamaica, National Gallery of Jamaica, Jamaica Music Museum, African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB), and Liberty Hall: the legacy of Marcus Garvey; and the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre.

Mrs. Patrick-Shaw said that Heritage Fest, being held under the theme, ‘Treasures of the IOJ: Every Object Tells a Story’, will provide an opportunity for Jamaicans to learn about the history of some of the pieces.

“We have the only Marcus Mosiah Garvey museum in the Caribbean. We have an audiovisual treasure store at the ACIJ-JMB, which contains over 12,000 images, 800 videos and 2,400 audio tapes of festivals and ceremonies,” she said.

“Each artefact tells a story about who we are as Jamaicans, some of the struggles that we had in the past and how we have overcome them. It is timely, now that we have COVID, that we remind persons that these objects are here as a reminder that we have overcome challenges in the past and we will overcome this one too,” she added.

The IOJ, established in 1879 by the then Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Anthony Musgrave, has the responsibility to store and preserve the country’s cultural heritage dating back to precolonial times.

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