The Museum has been based at Britannia House for more than 20 years and in that time the collection has grown to the point where it can no longer be adequately displayed or safely stored.
An increasing awareness of the importance of Falklands’ heritage has resulted in more items being donated or loaned to the Museum and the collection now exceeds 4,000 objects. With less than 170m2 of floor space available for display, the showcases and rooms have become overcrowded.
Our storage facilities are extremely limited and the safe housing of our reserve collection is a matter of great concern to the Trust.
Location, location, location:
A crucial obstacle to the development of the Museum is location. Many thousands of cruise ship passengers come ashore in Stanley but this growth is not reflected in numbers at the Museum.
The majority of cruise visitors have limited time in Stanley and many are unable to walk the mile from the Jetty Visitors Centre to the Museum, making the organisation heavily reliant on coach tours for the bulk of admissions.
However, the past seven years have seen the focus of tours change to out of town excursions and this has also had a detrimental effect on the number of coach passengers reaching the Museum.
We have managed to considerably increase revenue from sales at the Museum’s shop, but it will be difficult to further improve this with the very limited space available for use as a retail outlet.
If the Museum is to develop and reach its full potential, the needs of the organisation can be summarised as follows:
- Increased secure space for display and storage
- Centralised of location
- A facility which can allow more revenue to be gathered from sales and admissions
- A service with the potential to fulfil a greater role in the life of Islanders through education and outreach programmes
Relocation to the Government Dockyard has been identified as the solution to these issues and the development of the Dockyard as a heritage centre has been agreed by the Falkland Islands Government.
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.