In a concerted effort to enhance the GNM, its management has identified four main strategic goals that it believes will see the GNM on the road to becoming the premier institution in Grenada for the preservation and interpretation of the islands’ historical and cultural heritage. A major part of this effort will be fund-raising in order to realize these goals over the course of the next two years and beyond.
Enhance Core Services
Evaluate, strengthen and enhance the significance of the collection: The creation of a catalog database of the objects and documents in the GNM will enable easy access to information about the collection for management, research and interpretation. The record of each object will be the primary property accountability record, providing information on condition, history and location, which will enable the determination of conservation needs, its contribution to the overall collection, cultural value, meaning and context. It will be the first step towards determining the extent of the collection, its strengths and weaknesses. The GNM can then create policies regarding the direction of collection development. It will then initiate an extensive solicitation drive. The goals of the solicitation drive are three-fold; (1) Voluntary donations of materials, (2) Request donors to purchase specific materials, and (3) Seek financial donations for the purchase of materials.
Design/reorganize the layout of the Museum and displays: With the goal of increasing the space available to permanent exhibits, the GNM will initiate a total reorganization of its exhibit space and presentations. Since the goal is to present the story of Grenada within an historical and cultural context, the permanent exhibit space will be divided into multiple rooms and emphasize themes that enhances interpretation. This layout will also create a determined flow through the Museum in a chronological manner, especially for the Social History Gallery. To fund this extensive reorganization the GNM will solicit sponsorship of individual exhibits or theme rooms by individuals, groups and businesses. To facilitate the historical, cultural and artistic perspectives the exhibits will be presented within two major galleries: Social History and Natural History and Science, each of which will be further sub-divided to place presentations in context; other galleries will follow as the GNM get more resources.
Social History Gallery will be the most extensive as it will encompass much of the islands’ 3,000 plus years of human occupation, and will be divided into sub-sections under overarching periods: Amerindian Heritage, European Invasion, African Heritage, and the Grenada Gallery which will present Grenada since Emancipation. As these periods cover decades and even centuries, there will be further divisions into themes that enhance the presentation of the material. Natural History and Science Gallery will emphasize the natural heritage of Grenada and the Grenadines, with the goal of presenting information on the islands’ formation and natural development, the impact of humans on the natural environment, and the continued threats to the fragile islands’ ecology and what can be done to conserve resources and protect it. It will present the history of native and introduced species of fauna and flora, with emphasis on ecologies–mangrove swamps, tropical forests, coral reefs and beaches. It will present the islands’ natural heritage from both educational and esthetic perspectives, thus providing varied appreciation.
Historical Arts Gallery will present historical art, with emphasis on historical prints,(copies of) antique maps, and artifacts of artistic value. The Historical Arts Gallery will hosts art openings and other events. Military History Gallery will present the military conflicts that have shaped the islands’ history dating from the conflicts between the Kalinago and the invading French over control of Grenada in the 1650s, the various European colonial conflicts, to the US Invasion in 1983 that led to the end of the Grenada Revolution. The Military History Gallery could be housed at Fort George, Grenada’s oldest surviving man-made structure. It will therefore complement the historical nature of the French-built (with British additions) fort that have witnessed many of the conflicts the islands have experienced, and will interpret these conflicts for the many visitors who already enjoy the historicity of Fort George.
Establish a research Library and Archives: The GNM will establish a Library and Archives for the use of its staff and members of the GNM, as well as the general public. Though its beginning will be modest, the goal is that it will become one of the largest and most comprehensive library and archival collections relating to the history and culture of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Its primary purpose will be as a repository of historical and cultural materials that document the development of the peoples of Grenada and make these available to the public, creating a collective memory of the Grenadian people of all backgrounds who have in some way impacted the Grenadian environment. It will collect any and all significant historical information, including rare books, maps, manuscripts and oral history relating to Grenada. It will preserve and make accessible its collections to the public for the purpose of private study, scholarship, or research for publication. The Library and Archives will be housed in the complex of the Grenada National Museum.
Develop a professional staff (paid/volunteer) to cater to the needs of our clients: The Museum staff, both paid and volunteer, are an important part of the services offered by the GNM. As such, a well trained and motivated staff is needed as the GNM seeks to enhance its overall services.
Increase and Enhance Space for all Museum Functions
Assess and prioritize available space and needs, and develop and implement plan to optimize available space.
Strengthen the Museum’s visibility, credibility, relationships and name recognition among core constituents through multiple means
Generate Additional Financial Resources
Generate new sources of revenue for improvements/development by pursuing funding from public/private agencies in support of the GNM and its collections, increase GNM membership through membership drive, and establish a Museum shop. It is believed that the implementation of this strategic plan will result in an improved Grenada National Museum that will be an interesting attraction to residents and visitors, be a valuable educational resource to students and scholars, and embody its name as a national museum for the state of Grenada. The GNM will fulfill its primary role as the primary player in the preservation and interpretation of Grenada’s historical and cultural heritage, and help create national pride and identity.
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