Fresh off a successful hosting of Caribbean counterparts, the Museum of Belize teamed up with the Belize Archives and Records Service to produce a new exhibit tracing Belize’s history in development of transportation. Titled “All Aboard: Belize in Motion through the Years”, Museum director Ms. Sherilyn Jones says, it was intended to connect Belize’s past with its present.
Ms. Sherilyin Jones- Director of the Belize National Museum
“We took the pertinent aspects of transportation starting from the ancient Maya. We knew that they utilized our waterways. We have evidence of their occupation all the way to the cayes. So, how did we go from using these dug-out boats from the ancient Maya to where we are today where plane and cars are everyday. So, we worked with the Belize archives and records service and we really went through the historical documents; we highlighted the major developments like…what did we do before? When the British were here, they used the rivers for the logs; and then, how did the roads develop? Why did they develop? We also talked about the Railway. That is something that a lot of people don’t realize that we had. It is unfortunate that we don’t have them anymore, but then we highlighted that”.
Ms. Jones also points out the development of Belizeans’ ways and means of getting around. According to her we don’t travel the way we are used to.
Ms. Sherilyin Jones: “It shows through the way how we use our coming transportation, like I’ve said, we used to use our rivers and the railway for exportation. Now, we barely use the rivers. I mean, the Ruta Maya highlights the river but, on a day-to-day basis, everybody jumps into their cars and zoops to where they need to go”.
Reporter: “They use it for tourism”.
Ms. Sherilyin Jones: “Not as much. I think it could be utilized much more. There are a lot of communities around the rivers that developed because of the way we used to traverse before the Philip Goldson Highway or the George Price Highway; that’s how we got to Cayo. It took days, but now we don’t. Now, we get in our cars and in an hour or hour and a half . Maybe people don’t even think about what went into getting that road in place”.
The exhibit will be showcased on Gabourel Lane, Belize City within the next few months.