The historic heart of Stanley

The Historic Dockyard Museum is about to get even BIGGER!

What’s the BIG idea?
Stanley’s Historic Dockyard Museum is about to take a rather large step to build a BIG extension that will display some of the biggest artefacts and exhibitions a museum can contain.

As well as exhibiting a Sea King SAR helicopter, F4 Phantom II cockpit and sections of a large emigrant ship, this new building will also provide excellent research facilities and a safe storage space for our reserve and ongoing collections. 

Why is this important to the Falkland Islands? 
Stanley was a safe harbour for explorers, scientists and international traders in the past.  As a result the Museum has been donated many large artefacts which need to be shared with the world and made available to researchers. 

In 1982 British troops, aided by Islanders themselves, liberated the Falkland Islands after 74 days of Argentine occupation.  Items left in the battlefields are in storage awaiting a place to display them as a tribute to the men and women who fought and died during the conflict. 

Nine generations of Social History are being cared for at the Historic Dockyard Museum and the stories in themselves involve some intriguing and sizeable artefacts which we would like to display in the area to continue the story.

We have a vast collection of items that are either on rotation or are waiting to be exhibited.  The storage and research areas of the new building will ensure that we take a long-term view of caring for the history of the Falkland Islands, both now and in the future. 

The award winning Historic Dockyard Museum is visited by tens of thousands of people annually including tourists, researchers, servicemen as well as residents, contractors and students.  Building on this success, this extension to the Museum will deliver an inspiring and unforgettable experience that will become a must-see element of any visit to Stanley.

What will be in this extension?

In the sky...
The Sea King SAR helicopter has been a cornerstone of search and rescue in the Islands since 1983.  The one we have ready for our new building was involved in countless rescues and saved hundreds of lives.

Watching over us after the 1982 conflict, the F4 Phantom II will be part of the new exhibition relating to 1982.

On the land...
Once the lifeline of the Islands, the wool industry will be represented with a section on agriculture that features obsolete equipment as well as a shearing platform and wool press. 

Once outnumbering the driving population, a wide range of restored Land Rover models that includes the “Roadless” Land Rover – 1 of 9 ever built. 

F1100 a Carmichael fire engine and the Governor’s taxi, a red Austin London cab used by Sir Rex Hunt and driven by his chauffeur, Mr Don Bonner for many years.  

From the sea...
Freedom came from the sea in 1982.  Our special exhibition, “1982 and beyond” will be object based and feature a section on PTSD in conjunction with Combat Stress UK. 

Built in the USA, the Charles Cooper packet ship carried people and goods on gruelling schedules around the world.  Stanley became her final resting place where sections of her await much needed attention.  A small but sizeable section of this ship will be on display to provide a chance to look at this 160yr old ship up close. 

How can you help?
To bring this memorable experience to life, the Museum will need a suitable building to house such large artefacts.

We have over 3500 thousand items in storage at various locations around Stanley.  Our aim is to bring these items together under one roof in a modern facility. 

This is an exciting opportunity for you to get involved at the start of this new project and to be a part of something so important to the future of the Falkland Islands. 

The cost of this extension is around £1.5M and we are asking you to help us fund this building.  If you would like to make a donation, no matter how small, then please contact Andrea Barlow at or telephone 00 (500) 27428.