NY Amsterdam News gets the buzz!

Bermuda and its heritage have been featured in the New York Amsterdam News - one of the oldest African American newspapers in the US.

The article, which can be found here,  includes mentions of Masterworks, Bermuda's forts and the UNESCO World Heritage Site in St George's.

The article says: "Take advantage of the many tours. For example, on a trip to St. Georges you’ll see centuries-old forts, winding cobble stoned alleys, as well as local bars and restaurants that make it clear you’re not in Kansas. There’s so much history in St. Georges that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can tour via foot or bicycle. You can take a haunted history tour, a shopping or walking tour in Hamilton, the nation’s capital. Or maybe you might enjoy high tea at the Bermuda Perfumery, the scones, finger sandwiches, mini quiches, local honey and jam are tempting." 

And it says Masterworks is a wonderful place to get a sense of "Bermuda's magic".


Remains of Sea Venture survivor may have been found in Jamestown

The Royal Gazette has reported that the remains of Sir Goerge Yeardley - who commanded the soldiers on the Sea Venture when she was wrecked in Bermuda in 1609- may have been found in Jamestown, Virginia. 

Here's the story from Bermuda's daily newspaper: 

The grave of a survivor of the 1609 wreck of the Sea Venture in Bermuda may have been discovered in Virginia, archaeologists have said.

The last resting place of Sir George Yeardley is believed to have been found in what was the main church in Bermuda’s sister colony of Jamestown.

Sir George commanded the soldiers on the flagship Sea Venture, which was part of the Third Supply Fleet sent to the starving colony in Virginia by the London Company.

But the fleet was split up by a major storm and the floundering flagship was steered on to the reefs off St George’s in July 1609.

Sea Venture survivors worked for the next ten months to salvage what they could from the wreck, and built two smaller ships, The Patience and The Deliverance to go on to their original destination.

The crew also surveyed Bermuda and two men were left behind as punishment for mutiny, which marked the start of the first permanent settlement of Bermuda.

The two new ships arrived in Jamestown in June 1610 just after a major famine and the supplies helped the colony to survive.

Sir George became governor of the Jamestown colony three times and was in charge when the first representative government assembly in British North America convened in July 1619.

Bermuda’s House of Assembly sat for the first time almost exactly a year later.

Sir George was born in Surrey, England, in 1587 and died in Virginia, aged 40, in 1627.

He was also one of the first holders of slaves in Virginia, who are thought to have arrived in 1619.

Sir George’s remains were found in a prominent spot in one of the first churches on the Jamestown site.

Archaeologists said that identification could take months as scientists have to compare mitochondrial DNA or Y chromosomes in either all-female or all-male lineages of Yeardley’s known descendants.

They explained that the collection of DNA from living people is relatively easy, but the identification of genetic markers from long-buried bodies can be difficult as the DNA may be damaged.

For more information see the Jamestown website..

Underground movement at the National Museum of Bermuda!

Heritage Bermuda member the National Museum of Bermuda is going underground! 

Soon visitors will be able to explore the underground magazines in the Keepyard at Dockyard, according to this article on Bernews:

Underneath the bastions of the National Museum of Bermuda lie several hidden magazines. Normally off-limits to visitors, these rooms were originally used to store the shells and gun powder for the gun emplacements above.

For the past week, visiting volunteer forts historian Victor Smith has conducted an intensive examination and survey, recording the interiors of the rooms underneath two of the bastions of the Keep Fort. Mr. Smith’s visit has been generously supported by the Stempel Foundation.

This is phase one of the Museum’s bastion restoration project, with the aim to fully restore the magazines and open them to the public in the future. Mr. Smith’s recording and assessment will provide vital information and ensure that the restoration is as historically accurate as possible.

Once restored, these areas will allow Museum vistors to experience Bermuda’s largest fortification by “stepping back in time”. Smith will also advise on the installation and display of the massive 9.2 inch Mk X rifled breech loader gun, originally mounted at Fort Victoria.

Victor Smith is a graduate of King’s College at the University of London where he specialized in War Studies and fortification. He was one of the founders of the international Fortress Study Group, a society which aims to further the study and understanding of military architecture and fortifiactions.

Smith is currently the Chair of the Historic Defences Committee of England’s Kent Archaeological Society and an advisor on the restoration of historic defences, having working in the Caribbean and England.

He was the Chief Executive of the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St. Kitts from 1989-1990. This is his third advisory visit to Bermuda, having worked earlier for the National Museum, then the Bermuda Maritime Museum, and for the Bermuda Government on advisory assignments.


Peppercorn Ceremony today

The annual Peppercorn Ceremony takes place today, with St George's being filled with pomp, circumstance, music and more. 

The ceremony features the Freemasons’ Lodge paying its annual rent of a single peppercorn to the Governor for use of the Old State House.

The event dates back to 1816, when the capital of the island was moved from St George’s to Hamilton.

The event is traditionally held on the Wednesday closest to St George’s Day, April 23, but this year the event has been moved to St George’s Day itself.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11am in King’s Square and will also feature the Bermuda Regiment and Band on parade. 


Happy World Heritage Day!

Heritage Bermuda celebrates World Heritage Day!

Here's a message from our friends at the International National Trusts Organisation, of which the Bermuda National Trust is a founding member:

Today, 18 April, is World Heritage Day: an opportunity to raise awareness of the diversity of our heritage and efforts to protect and conserve it.

World Heritage Sites are cultural or natural landmarks that are recognised by UNESCO for their universal value to humanity.  They 'belong to all peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located' and are legally protected by an international treaty.

Some INTO member organisations look after places on the World Heritage List, like Tucker House in the World Heritage town of St George's in Bermuda (pictured) or the island of St Kilda in Scotland.

But actually today is a day to celebrate the work of INTO member organisations all over the world.  People looking after everyday heritage every day for the benefit of today's and future generations.

We thank you for your hard work and dedication and wish you a Happy World Heritage Day!

With best wishes from your

INTO Secretariat team

Heritage Bermuda website

The Bermuda Heritage Partnership has launched a website - www.heritagebermuda.com.

Designed to help visitors and travel planners organise trips to Bermuda which show that the Island is more than sun and sand, the website offers model itineraries and information about Bermuda's rich and diverse history.  

For more information, contact Starla Williams at info@heritagebermuda.com or Bill Zuill at 441.236.6483 or wzuill@bnt.bm