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New Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation chairman appointed

An Anglican dean has been given the task of looking after the country’s historic artifacts.

Reverend Patrick Adderley, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, confirmed his appointment as chairman of the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC) yesterday.

The AMMC is a quasi-governmental, non-profit agency with a 12-member board of directors including an appointed chairman.  It is committed to the preservation, interpretation and promotion of national monuments, historical sites, artifacts and ecofacts which acquire national significance, according to the AMMC.

Adderley said he intends to make the financial concerns of the corporation’s staff, its resources and its development his top priorities.

“I am trying to familiarize myself with the work and the mandate of the corporation and get to know some of the staff,” Adderley told The Nassau Guardian.

“It is a very, very important corporation, as it looks after the historical and cultural heritage of The Bahamas and things which ought to be of concern to us, and some things that we should be really interested in.”

He continued, “I hope that I can make a significant contribution.  I am very excited about it and looking forward to doing it.  I see it as a challenge and I am prepared to give it my best effort along with the fine people of the corporation.”

Over the years, Pompey Museum amassed a significant collection of rare books on the subject of slavery and related topics, as well as a vast collection of artifacts.  Tragedy struck the museum on December 3, when it was destroyed by fire.  Fears brewed that most of its historic artifacts were lost as a result.  However, AMMC officials confirmed that roughly 90 percent of the artifacts, including slave shackles, a double transportation slave collar and all of the books in the special collection inside the building were saved.

“A lot of the articles were recovered by the staff and they are stored, and a lot of the books were salvaged, but some items need to be refurbished and restored,” Adderley said.  “Some of the books are also stored at Centreville House on Shirley Street.”

Adderley was ordained a deacon in 1974, was made a parish priest in 1975 and has served in several parishes, including St. Peter’s in Abaco, All Saints on Joan’s Heights, Christ the King in Ridgeland Park West and St. Christoper in Lyford Cay.

He has also served as parish priest at the Church of The Good Shepherd in Pinder’s Point.  In 1983 he was appointed principal of St. Anne’s School and held the post for 10 years.  In 1993, he was appointed deputy director for Anglican schools, and currently serves as chairman of the Anglican Central Education Authority.

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