One of the M&NT’s main roles is to collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which we hold in trust for the community.
In 2009 Trustees approved a collections policy which essentially gives priority to objects or material which have a strong association with the Islands, rather than items of financial worth. For example, a valuable plate that had never been used locally would be of less importance than a wedding dress made in the UK but worn at a local wedding. Anything made in the Islands is of greatest significance to us – it doesn’t matter if it is a battered piece of horse gear or a child's embroidery sampler.
The Museum now has an estimated 4,000+ items in its collection, so space for display and storage has reached critical levels and already several very large items have had to be turned away – with great reluctance.
The M&NT holds very wide-ranging collections which touch on most aspects of life in the Falkland Islands, but most objects can be categorised within one of the following themes:
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.