Cayman’s architectural heritage is one of the country’s most precious assets, important to celebrate and preserve for future generations.
The National Trust for the Cayman Islands works hard to look after historic properties and constantly needs help with funding, volunteer assistance and restoration work.
As a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation, the Trust was established in the Cayman Islands in 1987 for the purpose of preserving the islands’ history and biodiversity.
The Trust’s historic programmes promote awareness and appreciation of Cayman’s built heritage, and bring the country’s unique traditions and culture to life, as well as adding to the islands’ tourism attractions.
Since its founding, the Trust has acquired numerous historic sites and properties, mainly by donation, which help tell the story of Cayman’s history and development from the 1700s through the modern era.
“We have been involved in the successful restoration of historic sites, installed informational signage on various properties and spent countless hours in sharing our knowledge with children and adults, visitors and residents,” says Denise Bodden, historic education and development manager with the Trust.
“We continue to strive to restore additional Trust sites, and add new opportunities for all to learn from and enjoy.”
The Trust is currently developing educational materials to include in Cayman’s school curriculum about the islands’ built history.
“By reaching out to our young people, we hope to build even more awareness about our historic architecture, and to foster engaged citizens who will play an active role in preserving it,” says Christina McTaggart, National Trust general manager.
And the Trust is appealing to Cayman residents and visitors to help continue the important work of preserving the islands’ architectural heritage.
“If you are interested in helping the Trust ensure that our built history endures for future generations, please consider joining the Trust as a member and volunteer with our historic programmes,” says Basia McGuire, Trust development & marketing officer.