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An Archaeology and History of a Caribbean Sugar Plantation on Antigua$
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Georgia L. Fox

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401285

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401285.001.0001

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A Scenic Route to Interpretation

A Scenic Route to Interpretation

The Betty’s Hope Visitors Center Exhibition as Cultural Heritage Management

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An Archaeology and History of a Caribbean Sugar Plantation on Antigua

Amanda Kramp

University Press of Florida

Betty’s Hope is important and multifaceted in its historical and social significance related to the production and economy of sugar, the labor and life of enslaved Africans and their descendants, and the Codringtons, an influential family in the British Caribbean. However, tourism has long surpassed sugar as Antigua’s primary economic driver, such that today Betty’s Hope is a cultural heritage tourism site. An interpretive exhibition in the Visitors Center at Betty’s Hope and a smaller exhibit within the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda in St. Johns aid in the fulfilment of ethical responsibilities of those who steward the cultural heritage resources of both Betty’s Hope and Antigua. The recent renewal and installation of these exhibits constitute an important component of cultural heritage management. At the crossroads of best practices in museology and cultural heritage management, by way of accountability and accessibility, the final destination is interpretation, serving both local Antiguans and international travelers while fulfilling stewardship responsibilities, particularly in view of contested historical narratives of a colonial past.

Keywords:   accessibility, accountability, exhibits, heritage management, installation, interpretation, tourism

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