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EMANCIPATION DAY IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

EMANCIPATION DAY IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • 9/9/2022 9:09:00 AM
Emancipation Day is a major national festival in Trinidad and Tobago. The observance was declared a national holiday in 1985 and is celebrated on the 1st August each year. This date marks the day that enslaved Africans throughout the British Empire were finally liberated from the bondage of slavery.                 How did it come into being? After slavery ended in 1838 Emancipation was celebrated with much ceremony each year....
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TOOLS OF THE TRADE - PART 2

TOOLS OF THE TRADE - PART 2

  • 9/2/2022 6:59:00 AM
We continue our behind-the-scenes look at the tools used in the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory. In part 1 of the series we highlighted the specialised devices and equipment needed for documenting and examining collection items before they undergo treatment. See “Tools of the Trade Part 1” for the first installment: https://www.nalis.gov.tt/NALIS-Blog/ArticleID/581/TOOLS-OF-THE-TRADE-%E2%80%93-PART-1. Testing…Test 1, 2, 3… If an extensive treatment is pla...
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LABOUR DAY 2022 - OUR MILESTONES

LABOUR DAY 2022 - OUR MILESTONES

  • 6/29/2022 5:26:00 AM
  Labour Day, also known as International Workers’ Day or May Day, is held in observance of workers’ struggles in the workplace. Trinidad and Tobago’s celebrations are held on June 19, in observance of the Oilfields Labour Riots in 1937. These riots were led by Tubal Uriah “Buzz” Butler. This event and its repercussions are generally seen as the genesis of the modern trade union movement in Trinidad and Tobago.     Prior to and after th...
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BLAXX - A CAREER SPANNING DECADES – MUSIC THAT STIRRED THE SOUL

BLAXX - A CAREER SPANNING DECADES – MUSIC THAT STIRRED THE SOUL

  • 4/8/2022 10:28:00 AM
Image Courtesy Abraham Diaz In every single Carnival fete, there comes a time when the speakers blast out the words “Spread your hands and leh goooo”. Every person packed into that crowd would lift two hands in the air and sing along with abandon, word for word. This song is one of the high points of a career that had started decades before. Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart (21 December, 1962 – 28 March, 2022), spent decades as lead singer for various bands. H...
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CARNIVAL: TRINIDAD 1888

  • 2/7/2022 9:43:00 AM
CARNIVAL: TRINIDAD 1888   Image courtesy the Heritage Library Division   Introduction In 1888, Melton Prior of the “Illustrated London News", recorded the first known image of carnival in Trinidad. Prior, an illustrator, and the 19th Century equivalent of an international news correspondent, was sent by the newspaper as part of a public relations/human interest series to the major British colonies in the West Indies.  Prior witnessed the carnival masq...
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LOCAL FRUITS

  • 2/7/2022 9:06:00 AM
LOCAL FRUITS   BANANA Musa Image Courtesy Pixabay  A banana is a long curved tropical and sub-tropical palm like fruit which grows in clusters and has a soft pulpy flesh and yellow skin when ripe. The fruit banana that is present today is not the original bananas, they were very much different in all ways possible and with time it became extinct and we currently have a mutation of the early banana.  Banana is a fruit that is available year- round and they ten...
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TRACING TRINIDAD'S LOST RAILWAY HERITAGE

TRACING TRINIDAD'S LOST RAILWAY HERITAGE

  • 12/21/2021 8:09:00 AM
TRACING TRINIDAD'S LOST RAILWAY HERITAGE   Trinidad said farewell to its passenger train service on December 28, 1968. On that day, Engine #42 steamed into the Port of Spain Railway station (known today as City Gate / Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) headquarters) at approximately 7:05pm from San Juan for the very last time. This event signaled the end to 92 years of passenger service provided by the Trinidad Government Railway (TGR). Most of those final passenger...
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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S HERBS AND SPICES

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S HERBS AND SPICES

  • 12/21/2021 7:26:00 AM
According to the Oxford Dictionary, “a herb is any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavouring, food, medicine, or perfume”. They also define a spice as “an aromatic or pungent vegetable substance used to flavour food”. In Trinidad and Tobago’s Herbs and Spices, we will be examining the herbs and spices that are commonly used in local households to “season” food, or are used in traditional “bush” medicine.
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HOUSING FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

HOUSING FAMILY HEIRLOOMS

  • 11/30/2021 8:18:00 AM
It is amazing the stories and wisdom we can discover in our family’s treasured books, documents and photographs. Passing these objects down from one generation to another is essential to mapping our family histories. The steps we take to care for our family heirlooms is key to their preservation. This article is part of a series by the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory, Heritage Library Division, to provide guidelines on preserving family heirlooms.   What Does “Hou...
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TOOLS OF THE TRADE – PART 1

TOOLS OF THE TRADE – PART 1

  • 11/30/2021 7:38:00 AM
The work of the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory ranges from bookbinding and treatment to environmental control and monitoring to outreach and education. Whether big or small, specialised devices and equipment are needed for many of our jobs or tasks. The right tools are the backbone of completing our mission of preserving and conserving our nation's history. This series begins with a behind-the-scenes look at the tools used in the Preservation and Conservation Laboratory. Docu...
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