Pastfinders is the Museum’s group for children - a group where children between the ages of seven and fourteen can learn all about the Falklands in a fun, informal atmosphere.
As the main purpose of the group is not to overwhelm kids with huge amounts of figures and information, we like to get out and enjoy the Falklands clean air. Pastfinders have enjoyed a day trip to Ceritos Corral, which lies at the foot of Mt. Osbourne where the aim of this trip was to tidy up the site – in recent years it has become a popular camping area, and unfortunately had become riddled with litter, and the stones in the walls of the corral were falling out. Steve Massam, our taxidermist, also constructed a sign which was erected that day.
Pastfinders have also been to Darwin where they learnt some basic archaeological skills with visiting archaeologists Rob Philpott and Dave Barker; and at Port Louis the children identified old buildings and structures, whilst having a rigorous game of ‘Catch the Warrah’! We’ve also planted bulbs in the Memorial Wood to remember those who died during the 1982 conflict; we’ve had pub quizzes, we’ve tested their observation skills in a ‘How well do you know Stanley’ competition and Pastfinders have also been given the chance to map out their own settlement in the ‘Moody’s Major Move’ exercise. We’ve had tea at Government House with the Governor; we’ve had a look around the old parts of the house and the new bits, too!
So far, we have approximately 25 members in the group, but numbers are constantly fluctuating. For trips into the Camp, we rely on the goodwill of family, friends and volunteers – the logistics of moving and caring for kids on days out like these can be pretty stressful!
All in all, we have fun, learn something new and hopefully go home tired but happy!
High Season (November to End of March)Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 4.00pmWeekends: 2.00pm - 4.00pmHours may be extended on days when cruise ships are visiting Stanley
Off Season (April to end of October)Monday to Friday: 9.30am-12.00 noon and 1.30pm - 4.00pmWeekends: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
To promote awareness and appreciation of the history and heritage of the Falkland Islands and to protect and preserve this history for future generations.