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Prayer by The Most Reverend Dr. The Honourable John Holder, Archbishop of the West Indies & Bishop of Barbados.

Standing  Left to right ---  The Honourable Sir Marston Gibson, Chief Justice of Barbados; The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados; His Excellency, Sir Elliot Belgrave, Governor General of Barbados, Patron of the Preservation, Barbados Trust and Lady Belgrave;  Minister of Culture , Sport and Youth Hon. Stephen Lashley, M.P.; Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Patron of the Preservation Barbados Foundation Trust and companion.

THE LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL RESTORATION PROGRAMME  

AND  

THE PRESERVATION (BARBADOS) FOUNDATION TRUST  

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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BY   

THE HON. STEPHEN LASHLEY M.P.  

MINISTER OF CULTURE, SPORTS AND YOUTH  

AT   

THE LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL RESTORATION PROGRAMME  

AND  

THE PRESERVATION (BARBADOS) FOUNDATION TRUST  

Across Barbados, evidence of our very rich heritage can be seen in the array of residential and commercial properties that bear significant historical and architectural interest, often dating as far back as the

1700s.  The plantations houses, bay mansions, churches, shops, bungalows and chattel houses all, in one way or another, bear evidence of our island‟s growth from the early dark days of slavery and colonization to the modern progressive nation which we are today.    

Unfortunately, over the years, we have lost too many of these magnificent historic treasures which tell the story of our people, our history and culture.   


We are extremely proud of the fact that on June 25, 2011, “Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison” was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – our country‟s first World Heritage Property.  The

Government, through the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, is fully committed to ensuring that the structures within this Property are properly maintained and preserved for future Barbadian generations and indeed, for the world  

    


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