Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley

Barbadians will have an opportunity to make recommendations and express their views about the draft Preservation of Antiquities and Relics Bill this Wednesday, April 25, when the Division of Culture and Sports hosts a consultation on the legislation at Queen’s Park Steel Shed, The City at 5:30 p.m.

The discussion will be chaired by Minister with responsibility for Culture, Stephen Lashley, Permanent Secretary (PS) (Culture and Sports), Shirley Farnum and Deputy PS in the ministry, Celia Toppin.?? Members of the public, especially divers, persons who own or work at construction firms and museums, as well members of the Barbados National Trust, the Property Developers Association, or the Barbados Association of Valuers and Auctioneers, or persons interested in protecting this island’s tangible heritage are invited to attend the meeting.

Government is currently examining the legislation after some persons expressed concerns that it could permit the unconstitutional acquisition of heirlooms by the Crown. The intention of the Bill, however, is to prevent the illicit export of or trade in items of Barbadian cultural value.

Copies of the Bill may be obtained from the Division of Culture and Sports, Warrens Office Complex, St. Michael; the National Cultural Foundation, West Terrace, St. James; or online from the Media Download Section of the Barbados Government Information Service’s website at https://www.gisbarbados.gov.bb.


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