Welcome to our website. I am delighted that after the difficulties of the past couple of years life is returning to normal – or at least a “new normal”. Travel to and from the Falkland Islands has been resumed and cruise ships and tourists, the life blood of the Museum, are once again visiting Stanley in significant numbers.
The Museum goes from strength to strength and is well embarked on the construction of a new display building, The Lookout Gallery, which will house some of its larger holdings, including aircraft and vehicles from the conflict in 1982 and some of the more remarkable items of agricultural and transport machinery which made their way to the islands in the 19th and 20th century. The Friends were able to contribute £225,000 to this project earlier this year.
The Jane Cameron National Archives continue to provide world class support to international researchers and to put more and more material into accessible digital format. We were sorry to say goodbye recently to the Archivist Tansy Bishop who has run the Archives with great professionalism for over two decades; but delighted to welcome Chloe Anderson-Wheatley into the role.
The Friends continue to research items of potential interest to the Museum and Archives, buying at auction as well as from private sellers and dealers. We also support individuals who are interested in donating items to the Museum. In all cases we act with the agreement of the Museum and Archives.
In the past year we have, for example, acquired for the Archives manuscript correspondence concerning the Falklands between Rear Admiral Hammond and the Admiralty 1834-1836: and for the Museum items as diverse as a whale tagging dart from the 1920s Discovery cruises; the named campaign box of Henry Morton Stanley Turner, a doctor based before the First World War in Fox Bay; and a promotional brochure from the Café Tabarin of the 1920s, which inspired the code name of the Antarctic operation of that name.
There is more detail on these acquisitions in this website. I also encourage you to join the FIMA Friends. Our Members receive regular e-Newsletters updating them on our purchases and activities as well as having the opportunity to join our Annual General Meeting, which is now held by Zoom.