National Trust wants Walcott House reopened for Nobel Laureate Week

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A report from the St Lucia Times.

The St Lucia National Trust says it wants to reopen Walcott House in time for Nobel Laureate week in January.

The SLNT closed the museum built to honour Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott on May 31, 2017 in a row with the government of St Lucia over funding.

The organization’s Executive Director Bishnu Tulsie said he hopes to keep the property on Chaussee Road, Castries open through the support of the corporate sector.

Tulsie revealed that SLNT has written to businesses asking them for a monthly donation of $500 to maintain the facility.

“Already the Castries City Council and FLOW have come on board to assist us and we are hoping that corporate St Lucia will help us to restore some measure of pride in our country which recent circumstances have eroded,” Tulsie added.

Tulsie said roughly $6000 would be needed annually to keep Walcott House open to the public.

The St Lucia National Trust closed Walcott House after the government cancelled a $700,000 annual subvention for the museum.

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