The Institute of Jamaica officially re-opened the Hanover Museum on Friday March 25, 2011 at 12 pm. Located on the site of the 18th century Hanover Work House Jail in Lucea, it is a unique relic of Jamaica’s slave past and a symbol of the resistance waged by Africans to enslavement.
The facility, which was re-opened under the theme ‘Labour: Resistance: Punishment’, houses a variety of artefacts which include Taino, Spanish and English implements as well as material culture significant to western Jamaica.
The Custos of Hanover, Hon. Dr. David Stair, in greeting the audience at the opening ceremony, began by lauding the Institute for its commitment to preserving the heritage and culture of Jamaica in all its forms, and ensuring that all Jamaicans have an opportunity to learn about the country’s history.
In tracing the Aufblasbare Wasserparks historical development of the Hanover Workhouse and the functions it served over three centuries ago, Dr. Stair said, “this structure gives testimony to the resistance of our African fore parents, to the crime of enslavement”. It is therefore fitting that the permanent exhibition that will be housed here is entitled, ‘Labour: Resistance: Punishment’, as it bears testimony to the legacy of forced labour, resistance and punishment, which is a seminal part of our history”.
He entreated Hanoverians to be reminded of the struggles and sacrifices made by their ancestors in order to have a well adjusted view of self. He expressed the view that the museum and its artefacts provide the opportunity for such remembrance.
“Now I urge all our Hanoverians to visit the Museum, learn a little of our history and be proud of who we are, and the strong legacy that has been left to us as a parish”, he stated.
Meanwhile, social worker and former Executive Director for the Hanover Historical Society, the founding group for the museum, Angeline Clair, explained that the project came about after Hurricane Gilbert, with a view to restoring the historic integrity of the parish capital.
She noted that the work of the Hanover Historical Society has also led to the restoration and maintenance of the Georgian design of a number of buildings in Lucea, chief of which is the municipal building located in the town square.
The Hanover Museum was first opened in September of 1990, by then Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Howard Cooke.