The St. Christopher Heritage Society was formed in 1989 by a group of individuals concerned about the historic, cultural and environmental issues of the country. From its inception, years, in their cramped quarters above TDC Rentals, the members tried, in their own small way, to establish such a museum. Then, in 1996 Government, in the person of the Hon. G.A. Dwyer Astaphan, Minister of Tourism, approached The Heritage Society to help establish a Nation Museum in the Treasury Building, to supervise restoration and improvements on the building and to become the custodians of our National Treasures. A Memorandum of Understanding between Government and SCHS was finalized in 1999. The Heritage Society was given the responsibility of managing the to day to day operations of the building and museum, and was invited to move their offices to the ground floor where they are now situated.
The task was daunting, a dream becoming reality.
Imediately members were recruited to begin their labour of love and sweat. Engineers and architects from the community got together to analyze, measure, draw blueprints, demolish partitions, replace floors, evaluate tin ceilings, refurbish ornamental iron balconies. They found some of the original doors and windows of such high craftsmanship they would be impossible to replace. Eventually a budget was made and, thanks to Government’s need of the building in 1999 to celebrate Carifesta VII in 2000, monies were allocated to begin the work.
Contributions from individuals, corporations, overseas donors, indeed the world, slowly came in-not enough to complete the job, but enough to take the project to where the first phase of the museum could open to the public on May 31, 2002.
The inaugural exhibition is housed in the east wing on the ground floor, with its entrance on the . Here you will see photos and artefacts depicting the stories of the Amerindians; of early European settlement days; a history of sugar on St.Kitts, the development of trade unions; the native flora and fauna; folk arts; and the country’s road to Independence.
Once the major work On the building is completed and additional trained staff is hired, permanent, as well as travelling exhibitions will be developed for the spacious upper floor rooms. There will be an art gallery including the works of many of our very talented local artists working in various media.
St.Kitts has a rich and varied heritage. It is the Society’s goal to honor it, show it off and protect it. To do so, it needs more donations of artifacts from local and European sources whose private histories can contribute towards this goal. Additional contributions to enhance the visualization of our heritage are always greatly appreciated, as are funds for acquiring professional museum lighting and quality exhibition hardware.
Formerly known as The St. Christopher Heritage Society (SCHS), the St. Christopher National Trust (SCNT) is a national, non-governmental, voluntary organisation established in 2009 by an Act of the National Assembly, our Federal Parliament.
Also affectionately known as the St. Kitts National Trust, its mission is to preserve and promote the natural, historical, ecological and cultural heritage of the island of St. Christopher (St. Kitts).