Barbadians will get an opportunity in another two weeks to express their views on the draft Preservation of Antiquities and Relics Bill.
The Division of Culture and Sports will be hosting a consultation on the legislation on Wednesday, April 25, at Queen’s Park Steel Shed, the City, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Members of the public, especially divers, those persons who own or work at construction firms and museums, as well as those who are 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.
Meanwhile, they may also collect copies of the Bill for their perusal from the Division of Culture and Sports, Warrens Office Complex, St. Michael; the National Cultural Foundation, West Terrace, St. James; or view it online by visiting the Media Download Section of the Barbados Government Information Service’s website at https://www.gisbarbados.gov.bb/.
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.