Celebrating Our Heritage
Commemorative Stamps Celebrate the Architectural Heritage and Bridgetown’s Rich History
The Barbados Postal Service (B.P.S.) has partnered with the Barbados National Trust and the Ministry of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth to celebrate the architectural heritage of Barbados and Bridgetown’s rich history.
Together, these organizations have collaborated on the production of a set of commemorative stamps recognising the 50th Anniversary of the Barbados National Trust and Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison.
The stamp issue was introduced to the public at a press conference on September 12th, 2012, at the General Post Office, Cheapside. On the occasion, Postmaster General, Mr. Joel Brathwaite, made a presentation to the Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, the Honourable Stephen Lashley as well as the Barbados National Trust represented by Dr. Karl Watson.
The commemorative set of stamps depict one of the properties of the Barbados National Trust, Gunhill Signal Station, where a fascinating collection of military memorabilia is housed; the impressive Clock Tower at the Garrison Savannah, which was built in 1804; St. Mary’s Church in Bridgetown, built on one of the oldest consecrated grounds in the English colonies in the Americas; and the Public Library, which was made from coral stone and built in the English Renaissance style at the turn of the 20th century. Also available to collectors is a First Day Cover featuring the set of four stamps and an image of Arlington House Museum, located in Speightstown; it is one of the oldest surviving properties in that sea-side town.
Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was officially inscribed on June 13th, 2012. For much of its urban history, Bridgetown and its Garrison were an integral part of the maritime, commercial and military administration of the British Empire and it’s colonies in the Caribbean. Indeed, over the course of the first two hundred (200 years) of the settlement of Barbados, Bridgetown was established as a thriving sea port critical to the commercial success of the British Empire in this hemisphere.
The Barbados National Trust, a charitable and non-profit entity founded in 1961 is tasked with the preservation of historic buildings and sites, places of natural beauty or environmental importance that constitute the unique heritage of Barbados.