Press Release

Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
Release Date:
Friday, 11 December 2015 - 2:00pm

The Ministry of Education and Culture through the Department of Culture will release the documentary, “Stories about the Hearts of Virgin Islanders: Involved in Survival” on HLSCC Channel 52 today, Friday December 11 at 8:00 p.m.

The documentary was created in observation of International Museum Day, and will feature two local family businesses which have stood the test of time and have become living museums. The businesses include that of the late Captain W. Warren Stoutt of Little Apple Bay and the Callwood family of Cane Garden Bay.

Director of the Department of Culture, Mrs. Luce Hodge-Smith said the documentary was initially created in celebration of International Museum Day to raise awareness on museums as important institutions that capture the essence of this Territory.

She added, “This documentary is uplifting and inspiring and full of real warmth and compassion. The documentary holds the cultural wealth of two local families and by its function and unique story-line creates a cultural conscience for this Territory. Having watched this documentary, it is our hope that you will feel a sense of appreciation and understanding for the industries represented in the film and the families who played a vital role in its establishments here in these Virgin Islands.”

Mrs. Hodge-Smith also noted that the documentary is the first in a series, as other families will be featured.

International Museum Day is organised worldwide every year since 1977. It is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.

Persons are encouraged to view and support the official viewing of the documentary as the Department of Culture continues to ensure the protection, preservation and enhancement of Virgin Islands culture and heritage for future generations.

For more information, persons should contact the Department of Culture at 468-4373.


Bria Smith

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS)
Telephone: 468-2747