Back in Time with Live History at Verdmont
- Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:57
Jasmine Bowen, Live History founder and actor with local actor, local actor Adam Gauntlett
Jasmine Bowen plays Mary in Mary's Odyssey
This week, Live History theatre kicked off at Verdmont with Mary’s Odyssey and Robin’s Redemption, two plays that bought stories of the past to life in our flagship historic home. Audiences moved through the house solving mysteries and interacted with characters from the part including Mary, an 18th century house maid and Robin, a 19th century town outcast.
Speaking to The Royal Gazette,Jasmine Bowen, Live History founder and actor, describes the shows as a mix between live theatre and an “escape room”.
Joined by local actor Adam Gauntlett, Bowen describes how she prepared for the role: “Working with the Bermuda National Trust to explore the history of Verdmont house, we customised our script to reflect stories that they felt needed to be focused on. We’ve made this events about the people who lived in Verdmont, telling their stories or filling in the gaps when history goes quiet.
Live History Theatre Comes To Verdmont
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:16
Gladys Morrell table bought by Bermuda Historical Society
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:59
The Gladys Morrell table, a key symbol in the fight to get the vote for women in Bermuda, will go on public display tomorrow (Monday) after the Bermuda Historical Society successfully bid for the item at the Bermuda National Trust Auction on Saturday.
The table fetched $6,000 after Mrs Morrell’s family chose the annual Auction as the venue for its sale, along with other items which had belonged to the civil rights icon.
As an act of defiance against being denied their voting rights, the Bermuda Suffragettes refused to pay Parish Taxes which resulted in the seizure and subsequent auctioning of furniture belonging to the group. Remaining steadfast to their cause and refusing to back down, a band of suffragettes and their supporters attended these annual auctions where they bid on, won and returned seized items to their owners. In Gladys Morrell’s case, it was the same table every year until property owning women were granted the right to vote in 1944. That vote was a vital stage in the march to universal adult suffrage which was achieved 19 years later.
On Saturday at the Botanical Gardens, the Bermuda Historical Society was successful in bidding for the table and Society President Andrew Bermingham said it will go on display at the Society’s museum in Par-la-Ville Park on Queen Street tomorrow (Monday).
Mr Bermingham said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to acquire this item and I would like to thank the Bermuda National Museum for deferring this is to us as they were also interested in purchasing it.
He added: “This iconic piece will remain on public view for posterity as a reminder of the role Gladys Morrell plated in ensuring the right of women to vote. She is one of Bermuda’s national heroes and we hope people will come and see this this piece of more modern history. The table was very old and valuable in its own right but it also has huge historic value.
“Having served on the Bermuda Police in the mid-1960s, I did know Sgt George Down who was one of the Somerset policeman who would have been at the auctions in the 1930s. So for me personally it is a tremendous asset of the museum and we are delighted to have it for posterity.”
The family and the National Trust had specified that the table could only be sold to a local buyer so that it would not leave the Island.
Said Trust Executive Director Bill Zuill: “We are very pleased that our friends at the Bermuda Historical Society were successful in bidding for the table, and for a tea set that belonged to Mrs Morrell and are thrilled that the table will now be used in telling story of women’s suffrage in Bermuda.
“The 30-year struggle to get the vote for women was an important stage on Bermuda’s march to universal adult suffrage and civil rights for all, regardless of race or gender and we hope that this will illuminate this vital part of our history and the continued efforts to ensure all people enjoy human rights.”
In addition, an 18th Century cedar chest which had been in Mrs Morrell’s family for generations – along with the table – was sold for $6,500 to a descendant of the Gilbert family, for whom it was originally made.
Some 300 items were auctioned at the BNT sale along with thousands of other goods at the Trust’s annual jumble sale held on Thursday and Friday.
“The Trust is very fortunate to have a dedicated team of more than 50 volunteers who come together every year to make this event an extraordinary success, which not only raises money for the Trust but brings people together from all walks of life,” Mr Zuill said. “We want to thank everyone who volunteered, donated and bought items at the event, which we call Bermuda’s biggest recycling event!”
BNT Plant & Bake Sale 2017
- Last Updated: Monday, 20 February 2017 16:28
The BNT Launches Earth Day Student Video Contest
- Last Updated: Friday, 10 February 2017 17:10
The Bermuda National Trust looks forward to celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd with a new collection of videos about Bermuda’s precious environment made by Bermuda’s own students. Inspired by the Bermuda National Trust challenge, students will have brainstormed, researched, interviewed, filmed and presented their views on the environmental impact of our actions and will have put forward recommendations for a greener lifestyle.
The Bermuda National Trust, along with our sponsor Marshall, Diel and Myers, encourages our youth to put modern technologies into play as they create environmental videos expressing their concerns for today and their vision for tomorrow.
We are inviting all students to participate in this year’s Earth Day Student Video Competition. They are encouraged to showcase their creativity, innovation and commitment to our natural and cultural heritage as well as to the future of the planet. Students can work individually, as a group or as part of a science/technology class, to create a two to four minute video. The video should relate to one of the following themes: ‘Remarkable Trees’, ‘Local Food, ‘What Does Earth Day Mean to You?’, ‘Getting Out Into Nature or ‘The Ocean Around Us’.
Here are a few ideas which might help students to choose a topic for their video:
Bermuda has many magnificent trees growing along road sides, in parks and on residential properties. Search for these trees and research their names and botanical characteristics. Ask questions such as: Where did they come from and why are they important for the Island, its people, animals and plants? What is the value of our trees?
Today we have more imported and locally produced food choices than ever before. Research the food produced in Bermuda. You might want to interview friends and family about their food shopping and cooking. Is local food more expensive than imported food? How are the local farmers and fishermen doing economically in Bermuda? What are the traditional dishes of Bermuda? Why is it more environmentally friendly to eat locally produced food?
Getting Out Into Nature
Go for a walk or hike and record Bermuda‘s beautiful landscapes, plant and animal life. How do you feel when you spend time in nature, when you go for a walk and switch off from mobile devices? Think about how people are connecting the great outdoors? What are your favourite places in Bermuda and why?
The Ocean Around Us
Bermuda is surrounded by the Sargasso Sea. Research the importance of it and its floating Sargassum Seaweed Community. You may want to interview a Marine Biologist and get his/her view too and discuss ways to clean and protect our oceans. Another topic could focus on the value of Bermuda’s reefs or the plastic debris that is pollution the oceans.
If you are interested please contact the Bermuda National Trust by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and browse www.bnt.bm/education to view videos submitted in previous years. Registration ideas for videos and guidelines are also listed on the webpage.
The deadline for registration is extended to February 24th and the deadline for submittal is April 7th (email@example.com).
Submitted videos will be screened at a mini film festival day before Earth Day (April 21st, 2017), and will be featured through the Bermuda National Trust’s website and on local television.
We encourage our youth to participate and Bermuda to listen to the voices of tomorrow, the future environmental stewards of our island home.
For more information, contact Dr Dorte Horsfield at 236-6483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BNT Events: Don't Miss a Thing!
- Last Updated: Thursday, 09 February 2017 15:17
The Bermuda Perfumery Featured in Victoria Magazine
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:25
We're thrilled to see our Stuart Hall resident, Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, owner of The Bermuda Perfumary, as a featured entrepreneur in this month's Victoria Magazine. Built in the early 1700s, Stuart Hall is one of the most recognisable buildings in St. George's and was acquired by the Historical Monuments Trust (the BNT's forerunner) in 1966.
Take a look inside this beautiful building and learn more about this inspiring business here.
We Need Great People Like You!
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:45
We rely on teams of volunteers who generously donate their time towards our annual events, fill important positions in our museums, help on our nature reserves and in our archives.
Whatever your age, interest or availability, find out how you can make a difference by becoming a Bermuda National Trust volunteer today by contacting email@example.com
Here are just a few of the volunteer vacancies we have right now...
The BNT Presents Edward James
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:25
Join us at Waterville on Thursday the 19th of January from 5:30pm - 7:00pm for a viewing of work by Edward James, Bermuda’s finest artist during the period of the American Civil War.
On display is a selection of the National Trust’s Collection of Edward James Watercolors, held at the Bermuda Archives. We celebrate Elfrida Chappell who generously donated towards the acquisition of an important James watercolour which will be on display.
This is a free event, wine and nibbles will be served.
Celebrating the Life of Trust Supporter Andrew Trimingham
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 14:56
The Bermuda National Trust offers its condolences to the family and friends of Andrew Trimingham, who passed away in Devon, England on Friday at the age of 82.
Andrew Trimingham was a great supporter and powerful advocate for the National Trust from the time of his return to Bermuda in the 1970s until his death. He was a long-time Council member and President of the Trust from 1985 to 1987. He was also one of a number of Trust members in the 1970s who helped to found the Bermuda Maritime Museum in 1975 and remained a supporter of the Trust’s sister organisation – now the Bermuda National Museum – throughout his life.
Andrew Trimingham’s expertise on Bermuda architecture was invaluable in the evolution of the Old House survey which was driven by his life companion John Adams, the former Government Archivist. The Old House Survey led to the development of the listing system for Bermuda’s old houses, and Andrew Trimingham was chairman of the Historic Buildings Advisory Committee. The Survey also formed the basis for the National Trust’s hugely successful Architectural Heritage Series, and Andrew Trimingham was the author of the first in the series, “Devonshire” and contributed to the second and third volumes on St George’s and Sandy's.
Andrew Trimingham left Bermuda after his retirement and settled in Devon with his friend and life companion, former Bermuda Government Archivist John Adams. He died there on Friday, shortly after celebrating his 82nd birthday in December.
Friends of Andrew Trimingham will remember that he was a passionate advocate of Bermuda’s built heritage and natural environment. He believed that Bermuda’s organically developed style of architecture, Bermuda-made artefacts and open spaces were what made Bermuda unique and attractive to others and was determined to help to preserve them for future generations.