SLNT to host 4th Trust Pioneers Lecture: British Supremacy in the Caribbean


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PRESS RELEASE – “None would go …but Vagabonds: British Supremacy in the Caribbean – story of the 2nd Duke of Montagu”, is the theme of the Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) 4th Annual Trust Pioneers Lecture slated for Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Over the years these lectures have aimed to raise the level of awareness of the Trust’s role in heritage conservation, by providing a platform for individuals from all sectors of society, to engage in stimulating and comprehensive discussion on heritage related issues.

This year, the event forms part of the Trust’s celebration of World Heritage Day observed annually on April 18th and will take place at the Bougainvillea Conference Room at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay at 6:15 p.m.

The guest Presenter is Helen Bates, a PhD candidate who has been involved in numerous national heritage projects of high acclaim in the United Kingdom such as the Lincoln Castle Revealed where she worked as content researcher, and Slave Trade Legacies which she co-produced with Bright Ideas Nottingham. Both projects received finalist status in the National Lottery ‘Best Heritage Project’ Awards in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Ms. Bates is based at the University of Leicester and is currently in the final stages of writing up her PhD which is a Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) delivered in partnership with Boughton House in Northamptonshire. Her research project has focused on the attempt by the former owner of Boughton House, John, 2nd Duke of Montagu, to set up a colony on Saint Lucia in 1722.

According to SLNT’s Director, Mr. Bishnu Tulsie, “Ms. Bates has done quite a bit of research in an area of Saint Lucia’s history that is not well known. Additionally, we are excited to collaborate with her to see how her research can contribute to the interpretation scheme of the proposed National Museum of Saint Lucia.”

The Trust Pioneers Lecture is free of charge, however, interested individuals are asked to confirm their attendance by email: [email protected] or call 452-5005.


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  1. What the hell is the economic value of this to us? Observe and celebrate supremacy in Britain.

    They compensated the slave masters for the loss of their "property", human beings. Then turned around and paid the Indians indentured labourers with land. The ex-slaves got nothing, but the shirts on their backs. That is why the social upheavals in the 1930s. Then having extracted all they could from the island, the gave us phony independence with a "gift" of a phony banana market.

    MI5 and MI6 would have long ago would have known fact that WTO would have scuppered that idea. Local politicians swallowed that phony independence thingy hook, line and sinker.

    And you call that supremacy? Why not inject veracity to all this? Call it by its real name, exploitation and injustice.


    • Criticize criticize

      Similar points regarding the exploitation and injustice were raised at the Lecture, which by the way was FREE to the public. So why didn't you attend and add to the discussion?? The presenter said she will be exploring grants to assist with the interpretation of the National Museum on Saint Lucia...and every bit of our history should be told...she shared a letters that were written about the expedition and what Saint Lucia was like at the time ... don't you see the economic value if these stories are recounted in the museum which will have paying visitors?


  2. Let's just continue to celebrate our former slave masters. The Trust is good at that and filled with the masters descendants who care nothing about the poor black people who are still suffering from the slavery legacy.


    • So what have you done for the poor?

      Yes they certainly don't care that is why the Trust has gotten grants over the years to support livelihood projects which directly benefit charcoal producers, seamoss farmers, horseback riders. They have had summer programmes where they charged $20 and brought hundreds of students to heritage sites across Saint Lucia. If you have been to any of their membership meetings you would see a good mix of people of different professions - doctors, teachers, farmers, taxi-drivers, students, the unemployed, the retired, expats. So stop judging from the outside and trying to bring the organization down!


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