Volunteers give cannon a new lease of life

  • Community efforts: volunteers help paint the historic cannon at Dockyard

    Community efforts: volunteers help paint the historic cannon at Dockyard

  • Braving bad weather: 35 volunteers in all went to the museum on Friday to paint the cannon as part of their community outreach days

    Braving bad weather: 35 volunteers in all went to the museum on Friday to paint the cannon as part of their community outreach days

  • Giving something back: volunteers were happy to do whatever they could to help

    Giving something back: volunteers were happy to do whatever they could to help


Volunteers from two local firms recently lent a hand at the National Museum of Bermuda, helping to preserve 25 historical cannon.

Despite the bad weather, teams from Aon Benfield Bermuda and KRyS Global — about 35 volunteers in all — went to the museum on Friday to paint the cannon as part of their community outreach days.

With tourists looking on, the volunteers took on the 19th-century cannon and gun placements scattered along the ramparts, plus the slightly more intricate work painting the 18-tonne rifled muzzle loader and its carriage at Bastion F.

Cecilia Cumigad, vice-president in Aon’s financial services department, said: “It’s good to do these things once in a while to give back to the community.

“I was telling my husband that it’s good to learn how to paint and to do away with our calculators for the day.”

Meanwhile, Mathew Clingerman, KRyS managing director, called the Museum a Bermuda icon and said the volunteers were happy to do whatever they could to help.

“This is just one small way in which we can benefit local families and tourists alike who would like to understand and appreciate important parts of Bermuda’s history,” he said.

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Published Jun 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm (Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 7:20 am)

Volunteers give cannon a new lease of life

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