The present Museum suffers from a number of problems; the main being the distance from the centre of town making it not immediately accessible to either tourists or locals. It has also become too small to accommodate and display all the historic items that it owns.
Even if the accessibility issues could be overcome, the present building is still too small and -due to it's siting- does not lend itself to extension.
The Dockyard site is ideal for the museum being as it is, positioned in the middle of the town and allowing space for a much enlarged display of exhibits. The Stanley Dockyard is an important historical site in it's own right containing some of the first buildings to be erected in Stanley following the move from Port Louis in 1844. Originally the dockyard was the centre of activity not only servicing the shipping trade but was also home to the town smithy, carpenters shop and the first goal.
Once completed the Museum will encompass all sections of Falkland history and life.
Historic sections covered will be:
The history of early settlement,
Living in the various periods since the first settlers.
Our maritime history.
Our farming heritage and life in Camp.
Life in early Stanley
The wildlife past and present.
Our connection with Antarctic exploration,
And much more.
The Museum will also house a lecture room where talks, presentations and small social events can be held. It is intended that this room will also be the venue for meetings of the young historians group 'The Pastfinders'.
This room will also provide facilities for researchers to work with Museum records along with the large collection of photographs which will be available on computer.
There will be a cafe where during the tourist season visitors may enjoy a light meal and be able to sit and write postcards and enjoy the view across the harbour. There will also be a Museum shop where souvenirs can be bought many of which will have been made in the Museum workshop or are locally produced.
This is a very exciting project which however will cost a lot of money over and above the generous contribution allocated by the Falkland Islands Government and the Trustees of the Museum and National Trust hope that as many supporters as possible will wish to become part of this project and contribute to the Museum Relocation Fund which is to be set up.
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.