Five of the eight members of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly, were elected for the first time only three working days before their first formal appearance in the Town Hall on Monday morning. With this in mind, the business to be brought before the chamber is normally routine and unlikely to require much in the way of discussion.
Two significant items of business were conducted during the first meeting of the newly elected Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands. The first was the election by members of the Speaker of the House and his or her Deputy.
Residents of the Falkland Islands went to the polls yesterday, with results released earlier this morning. Seventeen candidates stood for election to the Legislative Assembly and have campaigned over the past month to be elected to office.
Falkland Islands Museum Director Leona Roberts will be carrying a unique and valuable artistic insight into Falklands history when she returns to Stanley.
The Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust is very proud to announce that the Historic Dockyard Museum has been shortlisted in the International category of the Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2015.
The location of the Falkland Islands new Historic Dockyard museum to be opened to the public next Friday, adds to its historical importance and incorporates three of the oldest buildings in the capital Stanley built in the 1840s. Store House Nº1 is the largest converted space and is known locally as the Central Store, the Black Smiths shop several other small buildings have also been renovated from their neglected states and converted into exhibition spaces.
After decades of planning, and a huge amount of dedication from the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust (FIMNT) and supporters, the Falkland Islands’ new Historic Dockyard Museum is nearing completion. Approximately 100 invited guests attended the launch event on Saturday 6th September, and the building will be open to the public on Friday 12th September.
When the seat of government of the fledgling British colony in the Falkland Islands was moved from Port Louis to Stanley, in 1845, under the direction of Governor Moody, one of the first buildings to be constructed in what became known as the Government Dockyard, was a large store. This shingle clad, two story building, known as the Old Central Store still exists and is thought to be possibly the earliest large construction in the whole of the Southern Cone of South America.
A discovery by the Museum and National Trust has revealed that not only did the Falkland Islands donate Spitfires to the British war effort in World War II but also three aircraft to the Royal Flying Corps in 1914.
“Telling some of the personal stories behind the events we know so well,” was how Museum Curator Leona Roberts described a fascinating and comprehensive exhibition of Falkland Islands war memorabilia and stories currently on display at St Mary’s Parish Hall in Stanley.