Hopes remain for archive plan as store is put on market

Heritage campaigners on St Helena remain hopeful that the island’s precious archives can be moved to the old Public Works store in Jamestown – even though it has been put up for sale. The historic warehouse was earmarked to house both historic documents and the island’s public library, in a partnership with the Museum of […]

Writer praises reprieve for historic St Helena house

A fresh call has been made by a writer on St Helenian heritage to protect what remains of its grand country houses. John Tyrrell also praises executive councillors for refusing to lift some of the protection from Wrangham’s in Sandy Bay, to allow it to be sold by St Helena Government. “These fine Georgian country […]

Revealed: plan to tunnel through to Rupert’s Valley

Records found abandoned on St Helena’s rubbish tip reveal how the island’s administrators considered digging a tunnel between Upper Jamestown at Rupert’s Valley. When John Charles Melliss was the Colonial Engineer on St Helena, the only path leading into Rupert’s Valley was the coastal route round Munden’s Point. The island’s prison had been built in […]

National Trust seeks new director to fight heritage threats

A search is on for a new campaigner to lead the fight to protect St Helena’s threatened heritage. St Helena National Trust is looking for a new director who can defend the island’s historic buildings as well as enhancing its natural assets – including critically endangered species. The job advertisement says: “The remote island of […]

Slavery tourists to voyage into island’s dark past

Slavery is to become the theme of a educational cruise on the RMS St Helena, island tourism chief Cathy Alberts has revealed. It will tie in with the¬†International Day for the Abolition of Slavery in December. It will also draw on the excavation of the remains of 400 Africans from captured slave-running ships that were […]

Jamestown plan looks like a cut-down Cape Town, writer warns

Further criticism has been aimed at the proposals to turn Jamestown into a tourist centre – this time by historian John Tyrrell, after a return visit to St Helena. His internet journal describes the “rather bad tempered” public meeting held on the Jamestown 20-20 Vision document in mid-March 2013. He writes: “The author, off the […]

Lemon Valley restoration will revive old skills

Island craftsmen are to restore a historic group of buildings in Lemon Valley – while learning traditional skills. Master stonemason Henry Rumbold will pass on his techniques to building trades students at Prince Andrew School, and unemployed young people. Established builders will also be able to increase their skills on the project, run by the […]

Honeymoon Chair is swamped as tree surgery goes wrong

The Honeymoon Chair on Jamestown waterfront – one of St Helena’s best-loved spots – has been badly damaged. Saint FM reports that a tractor was used to remove a branch from the bougainvillea that grew over the seat… and the entire tree toppled over. The school swimming gala was taking place just a few yards […]

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: ‘My intense grief for St Helena slaves’

Television archaeologist Mark Horton has described his emotion on coming “face to face” with the remains of slaves whose bodies were excavated from a mass grave on St Helena. They were among thousands of Africans brought to the island aboard captured slave-running vessels. “It was a moment of intense grief. Those were people. That was […]

‘Aid cash used to destroy heritage,’ says Trust

Cobblestones said to date back more than 200 years have been broken up in St Helena’s Main Street to make way for a trench as part of ‘improvements’ funded by overseas aid. Island historian Nick Thorpe said: ‘The 18th Century pavement has now been destroyed – like getting rid of the evidence. This is St […]