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Study Tour Descriptions

“Freedom Footprints: The Barbados Story”

This guided tour provides an opportunity for persons to travel along a trail of signed sites and places of memory related to slavery and the slave trade. It is Barbados’ contribution to a global initiative supported by UNESCO, which is being implemented across the territories of the African Diaspora, previously linked to the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the slavery experience. It also serves as a representation of Barbados’ participation in the African Diaspora Heritage Trail initiative.

The tour commences at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society with a short tour of select galleries. It then proceeds from there by coach to the site of ‘The Cage’, at Heroes Square, Bridgetown. The tour continues on to Bourne’s Land and the Newton Slave Burial Ground. Leaving Newton, the coach travels cross country to Sweet Bottom, St. George and then on to the Village Bar at Lemon Arbor, St. John for refreshment. Leaving Lemon Arbor, the tour proceeds to the Gun Hill Signal station and thereafter concludes with the coach returning to the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.

This tour promises to be exciting.

NOTES: Lunch will be provided as part of the tour. Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Remember to carry your camera.


“Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison”

Taking a tour of Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison is a worthwhile experience. This site was officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list of cultural sites on June 25th, 2011 with the official inscription ceremony recently held on June 13th, 2012 amidst pomp and pageantry.

Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison is witness to almost four centuries of maritime development, which allowed Bridgetown to be a major port city and trading centre in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Bridgetown played an important role in the growth of the British Empire, not only as a colony, but as a projection of power for the British military in the Atlantic World. The port city was also an entrepôt for the movement of goods and enslaved people into the Caribbean and South America. The security of maritime trade and ability to lay claim to the islands of foreign powers rested on the troops housed on the Garrison which included personnel from the Royal Army and Navy.

Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison contains listed sites and buildings that speak to the development of a town of medieval design into a major port town and garrison with significant civic, commercial and military buildings in the West Indies. (Information taken from Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison, Nomination Document, 2010).

Come take a tour of Barbados’ UNESCO World Heritage property. Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison awaits you.

NOTES: Lunch will be provided. Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Remember to carry your camera.