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A much welcomed museum room was opened in 2012 in one of the Council buildings in Barbuda; hopefully the start of something greater that truly reflects Barbuda’s unique history, as this display just scratches the surface. It can be found in the Interpretation Centre near the Tourism building. Entry for visitors is US$5 and for locals EC$5. Inside are a number of artefacts on display that have been found on Barbuda over many years by student archaeologists, visitors and Barbudans, and interesting photographs, both present day and past.

In the future the museum could facilitate the storage of important archival materials, including the ‘Codrington Correspondence’ a collection of more than 500 letters concerning Antigua and Barbuda written by the Codrington family and their overseers, which is overlooked in the current display. This collection has been microfilmed by the University of Texas at Austin and is available for use there. Gregg Wilson, who spent several years as a teacher on Barbuda, has purchased copies which could be organised, scanned, and reproduced for display.

The museum room is part of three projects funded at a total cost of US$1.2 million over three years by the US National Science Foundation, PSC Cuny and the Graduate School and University Centre of New York, who have also established their Barbuda Research Centre here with an Aquaponics Research Facility next door, farming the ubiquitous Tilapia which is fast becoming the staple diet of the fish-eating world. Under the Ginnery there is also a children’s area and we hope they will be encouraged to see the real artefacts next door.

For more of Barbuda’s history in detail see our history pages on the Amerindian presence in Barbuda and historical notes to the present day.

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