Sunday 25 October, 2020

Heritage conservation to be highlighted at SLNT Pioneers Lecture

SLNT Head Office

SLNT Head Office

The importance of heritage conservation, the natural and human impacts threatening our archaeological heritage will be highlighted on Saturday, September 25, at the seventh annual Pioneers Lecture, facilitated by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT).

The annual lecture forms part of the SLNT’s anniversary; being formed on September 26, 1975 by a group of inspired individuals who saw the value in heritage conservation and protection of Saint Lucia’s patrimony as integral to love of country, love of being Saint Lucian and national development.

Despite being on opposite ends of the political divide, they understood the importance of having an organization to support the work of the government in maintaining natural, built and cultural heritage for all Saint Lucians.

The SLNT and the Allen Chastanet-led administration has been at loggerheads over the past few years over heritage conservation which resulted in Prime Minister Chastanet accusing the Trust of hindering progress and development.

The Trust Pioneers Lecture brings heritage conservation to the forefront, focusing this time on archeological heritage and its importance to society.

The theme for the Trust Pioneers Lecture 2020 is “Patrimony or Patricide - the natural and human impacts threatening our archaeological heritage”.

“It is no secret that we face several challenges with preserving the archeological heritage of our country, and this lecture will give some insights into why that is and what we can do about it.” 

This year’s Trust Pioneers Lecture, according to the Trust, promises to be an insightful, relevant and timely one and members of the public are urged to join the discussion on September 26, from 2pm to 3:30pm via the Saint Lucia National Trust Facebook page or this Zoom link:

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