Cultural and historical treasures
National History Museum in Seychelles redesigned
The Seychelles National History Museum has undertaken the comprehensive redesigning of its gallery.
Rich in spatial character, the National History Museum, located at the heart of Victoria in the imposing building of the National Library, re-opened on April 16, 2012 with a new collection of charts, maps, expedition journals, and photographs of French historical personalities.
Mounted by French Author Richard Touboul, ''Les Seychelles: des isles... des hommes'' exhibit, which occupies the main wing of the National Museum, takes the visitors through centuries of the Seychelles’ French colonial period from 1770-1814.
The National History Museum's curator explained that the second wing of the National History Museum, which presently houses iconic collections of Seychelles’ British colonial period, will also be refurbished with a new collection of works by former Journalist and Freelance writer William McCarthy, spanning the British colonization of Seychelles 1814-1976.
A committee of the National History Museum has been set up to study the themes of the Seychelles collections from the British colonial period.
According to the National History Museum curator, the plan calls for a collection similar to that of the French period but, because the former covers 160 years compared to the 44 years of the French, the themes chosen by the committee will provide guidelines to uniformly reconstitute the British period of Seychelles’ history.
The Seychelles period from 1976 until the present time by Tony Mathiot, author ofMemories of the Seychelles,” will highlight the most recent collection of Seychelles’ history, whereas a permanent exhibition section, rich in historical significance, continues to be showcased at the Museum.
The Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, said that the Museum needed a new look. “It needed to be visitor friendly and to flow depicting the different periods of our history,” Minister St.Ange said.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture is now welcoming visitors and Seychellois once again to discover the cultural and historical treasures of the Seychelles.