(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The National Archives Authority of Saint Lucia (NAASL) announced plans today to start the second of its special collections – the Sports Archive.
This section of the National Archives will focus on building and preserving documents, and other materials in all formats relating to the sports history of Saint Lucia.
National Archivist, Mrs. Margot Thomas, announced today that planning is well underway for the launch of the Sports Archive on March 1, 2018, which is the second special collection launched by the National Archives Authority.
The first, held on November 22, 2017, on the Feast of St. Cecelia, was the Music and Entertainment Archive.
“We plan to have a small exhibition at the Main Hall of the National Archives and presentations to highlight the achievements of our sportsmen and women,” she said. “We are calling on all Saint Lucians, however, to assist the National Archives towards this goal by making donations for the collection. We will welcome all relevant gifts.”
Mrs. Thomas said donations to the Sport Archive can include radio and TV broadcasts, recordings in various formats, published articles, photographs and photo albums, videos, as well as policy documents, promotional items and memorabilia, trophies and medals, flags and banners, etc.
“We have approached the national sporting bodies to partner with us for this special collection. Also, many people have sports related items at their homes but without the proper care; and it is heart rending to hear stories of all that has been lost without proper care and attention. The National Archives will be happy to receive such items as donations. The National Archives is best equipped to store these items because of the specialized attention that is required to keep them for generations to come,” Mrs. Thomas warned.
“Incidentally, March 1st is Flag Day since it is the 51st anniversary of the usage of the flag designed by Sir Dunstan St. Omer who was himself a sportsman, whose sport of choice was Lawn Tennis,” she continued.
At the launch ceremony on March 1, 2018, portraits of outstanding sportsmen and sportswomen will be unveiled and others will be recognized for their contributions and achievements.
The month of March is observed each year as Archives Month and a number of activities are planned.