Final two volumes of Heritage Matters published
Tales about the inscription at Scaur Hill and houses “swallowed up” by dunes at South Shore are featured in the final editions of a series about Bermuda’s history and culture.
Heritage Matters volumes nine and ten complete the collection by Edward Harris, published by National Museum of Bermuda Press.
An NMB spokeswoman explained: “For ten years, starting in 2007, Dr Harris’s weekly Heritage Matters column ran in the Mid-Ocean News, and later The Royal Gazette, reminding and informing readers about the unique and multifaceted nature of Bermuda’s heritage.
“NMB Press has gathered the Heritage Matters columns into a compilation, year by year.”
She added: “Heritage Matters volumes nine and ten cover an eclectic and fascinating array of subject matter.
“The essays explore, illuminate and promote Bermuda’s history and culture, from houses swallowed up by South Shore dunes to the inscription at Scaur Hill; the Bermudian love affair with two-wheeled transport and life on old St David’s, to the last whale caught in Bermuda.
“Meet the team representing Bermuda at the 1936 Olympics, the volunteers restoring Casemates, and today’s young Bermudians preparing for a career at sea.
“Learn about stone quarries, derelicts, Easter lilies, lighthouses, and Bermuda sloops, and read about Bermuda’s far-reaching overseas connections from Bermudian pirates in the Indian Ocean to salt ponds in the Turks and Caicos, the Bermuda Militia Artillery in France, and cahow bones in Jamestown, Virginia.”
Dr Harris joined the NMB in 1980, when it was the Bermuda Maritime Museum, as its first director and watched over its transformation from a derelict fortress into an award-winning heritage centre.
He was made an MBE by the Queen in 2000 in recognition of his services to Bermuda's cultural heritage.
* Heritage Matters volumes one to ten are on sale for $10 each at the National Museum of Bermuda’s ticket office, by e-mailing email@example.com or at The Bookmart at Brown & Co. A full set costs $85 from the NMB and can be bought by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.