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H.E.L.P. Reaches the Barbados Museum

December 19, 2016

THE BARBADOS MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY will be able to fulfill the recommendation put forward by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the protection and promotion of Museums and Collections through its partnership with Banks Holdings Ltd. (BHL) and their corporate social responsibility programme H.E.L.P. (Heritage, Environment, Learning and People).

The UNESCO recommendation was brought to the fore during a presentation of ten thousand dollars to the Museum by BHL. Director of the Barbados Museum Allisandra Cummins said the achievement of the UNESCO recommendation depended partly on partnerships.

“This year, UNESCO called on member states to demonstrate action. This action involves activity by museums through documentation, it involves the demonstration of strategic partnerships in the community and also requires government involvement through policy development.”

She also expressed pleasure that BHL chose the Museum as part of its benevolence.

“I am deeply honored and privileged to partner with BHL on its H.E.L.P. Programme. Heritage is fundamental to the maintenance of social welfare and peace and we are pleased that BHL recognizes this,” she said.

Deputy Director with the Barbados Museum Kevin Farmer shared similar sentiments, noting that the donation enabled the World Heritage site to preserve its tangible and intangible assets.

“This donation assists us in developing new content so that new audiences can be educated and have a greater appreciation and wider experience of their heritage and history. The donation from BHL comes at a significant time in our development and our young population will grow up with a sense of who they are and where they are on this small rock in the Atlantic that continues to punch above its weight.”

BHL’s Corporate Affairs Manager Sophia Cambridge was on hand to make the donation to the principals of the Museum and thanked them for their willing involvement. In so doing, she also stressed the importance of corporate entities in developing the institutions around them.

“I wish to encourage other members of corporate Barbados to give more and adopt an organization of national importance thereby contributing to our national development. Our contribution to the Museum is an investment in our citizen’s social and cultural bank and is not only for our benefit but for the benefit of those who will inherit this space after us.”

The BHL H.E.L.P. Programme was established in 2014 and funds fourteen recipients from various sectors across Barbados. The BHL Group comprises the subsidiaries of Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd., PINEHILL, Banks Distribution Ltd. and the Barbados Bottling Co. Ltd. The BHL Group is a subsidiary of AB InBev.

CAP. 1: Director Allisandra Cummins outlines what the recommendation put forward by UNESCO for the protection & promotion of Museums and Collections entails while Deputy Director Kevin Farmer and Corporate Affairs Manager Sophia Cambridge of BHL listen in.