Much of the Museum is dedicated to the social history of the Falklands and it is the every-day nature of many of these items that makes the Museum so absorbing.
The Falkland Islands have a relatively “young” society so the majority of items in the collection do not date back further than the mid-to-late 1800s. It is however, a full and varied collection thanks largely to the practical nature of Islanders - over the generations a long-standing habit developed whereby nothing was thrown away (after all, you never know when it might come in handy…)
Extended lines of communication meant that obtaining replacements was often very expensive and time-consuming so little was ever wasted, and obsolete or unused items were squirreled away for possible future use. As a result cupboards, lofts and sheds are still often found to be full of fascinating items which, thanks to the continuing generosity of Islanders, often make their way to the Museum.
At the Museum you will find display cabinets overflowing with trinkets and treasures.
With thanks to
Seafish Falklands Ltd
Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust
The historic heart of Stanley