National Museum to display rare diving artefacts

| 22/11/2016
CNS Local Life

Representatives of the National Museum, Department of Tourism and the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame

(CNS Local Life): The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) has announced a one-year partnership with the Cayman Islands National Museum (CINM) to showcase some of the hall’s collection of rare artefacts. Over the last 15 years, the ISDHF has acquired some of the most historically significant pieces for scuba diving, reflecting the growth and innovation of the industry.

Leslie Leaney, ISDHF executive director, said, “This partnership provides residents and visitors an opportunity to experience some of the most treasured scuba diving artefacts in the world. This display has been carefully curated by the board and we are excited to have the expertise of the CINM team to help us tell the story of ISDHF and its role in honouring the industry.

“This exhibit will be the first of its kind in the Cayman Islands and we encourage all persons to visit throughout the year to experience it first hand.”

The ISDHF exhibition will consist of a display in the main changing gallery featuring artefacts from the Hall of Fame museum, and a local honouree showcase in the Legends Gallery focusing on pioneers of the Cayman Islands scuba diving industry

Rosa Harris, director of tourism, said, “The Cayman Islands National Museum is an important cultural attraction and we are very pleased to partner with the museum to offer this unique dive theme as an enhancement to the current content of the museum offering.

“We are confident that the display will be well received both locally and with our visitors. The dive and watersports industry is a key component to the continued success of tourism within the Cayman Islands and we are proud to be able to showcase not just the artefacts, but those who have made the industry remarkable locally and internationally. ”

The exhibit will open in late November and will continue for one year.

Museum director Dr Peggy Leshikar-Denton, said of the exhibit, “We are honoured that the National Museum will be the first physical home of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame – marking yet another significant milestone in the Cayman Islands’ and world diving history.

“The exhibits feature diving pioneers and their cleverly crafted tools, which have enabled survival, exploration, and the capturing of underwater imagery through photography and videography, as well as celebration of the birth and development of the Cayman diving industry.”

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