A museum with no walls - Institution mounts virtual exhibitions
Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
The Institute of Jamaica has collaborated with the Culture Health Arts Sports and Education Fund (CHASE) to launch Jamaica's first virtual museum.
The launch was hosted at the Wyndham Kingston hotel in St Andrew and gave the atmosphere of a lecture theatre, as the audience sat and received invaluable information on Jamaica's history and the educational value of having a virtual museum.
The virtual museum is expected to feature temporary exhibitions that have already been dismounted with the aim of giving the user the museum experience.
According to the information technology manager at the Institute of Jamaica, Tendi Henry, one of the goals of the virtual museum is to take the Jamaican culture and heritage to the Jamaican people and the world in an engaging and attractive way, enticing the user to want to learn more about Jamaica, its national treasures and to visit the actual "brick and mortar" museums.
In a press release sent to The Gleaner, Henry said, "This will provide an engaging application through which our youth can learn about their culture in a more stimulating and contemporary way."
"This museum will provide 24 hours, seven days a week access to persons locally and abroad - increasing visitorship."
Deputy director of the Institute of Jamaica Gillian Corrodus has high expectations of the virtual museum.
According to Corrodus, Jamaicans should encourage people to visit the museum because it is educational and appeals to all age groups.
"It gives the institute the opportunity to have an international presence and the occasion is well fitted on this, Jamaica's 50th anniversary, to have Jamaica's first virtual museum," she said.
To view the content on the virtual museum, potential viewers may go to vm.instituteofjamaica.org.jm.