President Ramkalawan visits the National Museum of History

20 May 2022 | Culture

President Wavel Ramkalawan visited the National Museum of History in Victoria, yesterday. His visit to the museum coincided with International Museum Day which takes place on May 18th every year to raise awareness among people about museums. The theme for International Museum Day 2022 is “The Power of Museums”.

The President was welcomed at the museum by the Principal Secretary for the Department of Culture, Ms Cecile Kalebi.Executive Director for Conservation, Research, and Access to Information, Ms. Julienne Barra, and the Director of National Museums, Ms. Beryl Ondiek. The museum curator, Ms. Bella Rose, then gave President Ramkalawan a guided tour of the museum, including an exhibition on display entitled the ‘History of slavery in Seychelles”. 

To note, the National Museum of History was established in 1965 for the acquisition, preservation, and exhibition of historical artifacts for public benefit. The exhibits on display illustrate the history of Seychelles and show objects of ethnological interest that exemplify the traditions and modes of life in times gone past.

Its main role is to provide awareness of Seychelles history and cultural heritage amongst the population in particular the youth of Seychelles. The Museum also houses a museum shop and conference room.

During his visit, President Ramkalawan also had the opportunity to interact with the staff of the museum.

To conclude his visit, the President proceeded to the Lansiv Café situated on the ground floor of the National Museum of History. The Café offers a variety of European, Seychellois, and Mauritian cakes as well as salads, sandwiches, and a menu of the day consisting mainly of creole food with fresh juices, tea, and coffee. 

Speaking to the press after his visit, President Ramkalawan said that he is impressed with what he has seen and with the various explanations dating back in the history of Seychelles. He underlined how it is important for the people of Seychelles to know their history how it started, and who were or is involved in it.

“Museums are the most powerful place to visit as they depict the past and help us forge a better way forward. Today’s generation will also feature in our museums later.  Located in the centre of Victoria, it is a very important place for every Seychellois to take the time to visit. Furthermore, this is also why we have also re-opened State House because part of our history is also found there and everyone now has the chance to discover these past of our history,” said the President.                                                                                         

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