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Help us to renovate the La Preneuse Martello Tower Museum in Black River

By : Friends of the Environment
Created on: 09 Dec, 2020
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Rs 14,585 raised
Rs 255,000

Help us to renovate the La Preneuse Martello Tower Museum in Black River

Restored from a derelict ruin into a museum by FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, the Martello Tower opened in August 2000 and has since been visited by thousands of Mauritians and tourists over the last twenty years.

The Project

Phase I: Renovation

The museum was set up with the generosity of private and foreign embassy funding. The thousands of visitors over the past 20 years have left their mark on the museum which is now showing signs of wear and tear.

Essential repairs already completed in 2019 include the sealing of the roof, resealing the underground reservoir, replacing the damaged beams supporting the ground floor, painting the walls, rewiring of the first floor, repainting of the cannon and its mounting, and putting up new signage on the roof at a cost of Rs 275,000.

 Our next priorities are

  • to repair and finish the wooden flooring and staircase                                            Rs55,000
  • The mounting of the two cannons next to the tower,

Rs75,000

  • The signage outside the tower and on the road near the post office, the Yemen roundabout and the Black River Business Park,

Rs40,000

  • New display panels on the walls( As the present ones have deterioted)

Rs35,000

  • A smart screen (To modernize  and offer our guided tour in different languages)

Rs50,000

Total: Rs 255,000

 

Costs of work completed by the end of 2019 with the help of voluntary workers, professional reductions and CSR funds

  1. Sealing of the roof                                                                                    75,000
  2. Replacing the structural beams of the ground floor                               80,000
  3. Painting of the walls                                                                                 25,000
  4. Rewiring and re- lighting                                                                         50,000
  5. Repairing the reservoir                                                                            35,000
  6. Repainting and repairing the cannon mounting    work done by a volunteer    10,000                                                                                                     Rs 275,000 - spent so far -

                                 The Museum’s Place in Black River

The building is a declared national monument situated at the La Preneuse Public Beach. It is an important cultural and historical site which falls under the control of the National Heritage Fund and is operated as a museum by the non-governmental organisation FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, in terms of an Agreement with the NHF.

It complements the other local attractions such as dolphin watching, Casela Leisure Park, the Black River Gorges and others. A museum visit has been included in a dolphin watching and picnic at Ile aux Benitiers package offered by one of the local tour operators. The museum has a certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor and is listed as one of the top ten sites based on visitors’ reviews.

The museum provides employment to 3 full-time guides and 2 trainee-replacement guides.

We are visited every year by many of the schools in the country, including pre-primary schools and tertiary institutions.

The impact of covid 19 can be seen by the dramatic drop in the number of visits to the museum in 2020.We experienced a 76 % decrease.

 

Tourists

Mauritians

No of Schools

No of pupils

Total

    2019

  2,972

  1,960

     36

  3,188

  8,120

    2020

     564

  1,077

     10

      300

  1,941

 

 

Profile of FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT:

“Friends of the Environment” was created in 1989 by a group of concerned professionals. Its mission is to protect the environment in Mauritius. In the past 30 years Friends has successfully conducted projects in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, historical building restoration and education. Projects have included:   

  • Researching and planning the restoration and development of the Citadel and Petite Montagne,
  • Re vegetation with native plants on the Petite Montagne around the Citadel,
  • Restoring the Martello Tower at Black River
  • Refurbishing and operating the Martello Tower as a Museum,
  • Providing a guiding service for the Jewish Detainee Memorial and Information Centre,
  • Running a national campaign providing compost bins to citizens in Mauritius,
  • Lecturing in the schools about the importance and ecological management of the environment,
  • Producing colouring books and educational games for schoolchildren,
  • Restoring historical cemeteries and maintaining tombs of national heritage importance throughout the country.

 

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  1. R+EK
    Really appreciated the visit of the Martello Tower Museum back in 2019. And will come back to this wonderful place in the future. The view from the top is amazing.

    Best regards from Switzerland

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  2. AK
    I had a fantastic time in Mauritius in 2019 and really enjoyed the tower tour. Very friendly and knowledgeable people.

    I wish you all the best with the restoration of the Martello Tower Museum. Preserving historical objects is very important.

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  3. JS
    I have visited your wonderful museum with my mum on one of my many visits to Mauritius. I am a British Airways Captain operating the route from the U.K. and I can’t wait to start bringing you back the tourists that you so desperately need. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you as you face the challenges of this global pandemic. Good Luck with your project, you are a gem of a museum preserving a fascinating piece of Mauritian history.

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  4. BSJA
    Best of luck in raising the funds

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Supporters
  • Ruedi + Erika Keller

    MUR 4,400 Donation
    19 Feb, 2021
  • André Keller

    MUR 4,400 Donation
    19 Feb, 2021
  • James Stanley

    MUR 1,000 Donation
    17 Feb, 2021
  • Anonymous

    MUR 1,000 Donation
    17 Feb, 2021
  • Anonymous

    MUR 1,500 Donation
    16 Feb, 2021
  • Satyacam Rampeara

    MUR 435 Donation
    11 Feb, 2021
  • Marie-Laure Nairac

    MUR 500 Donation
    03 Feb, 2021
  • Brigitte St John Austen

    MUR 1,350 Donation
    27 Jan, 2021

Description

Help us to renovate the La Preneuse Martello Tower Museum in Black River

Restored from a derelict ruin into a museum by FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, the Martello Tower opened in August 2000 and has since been visited by thousands of Mauritians and tourists over the last twenty years.

The Project

Phase I: Renovation

The museum was set up with the generosity of private and foreign embassy funding. The thousands of visitors over the past 20 years have left their mark on the museum which is now showing signs of wear and tear.

Essential repairs already completed in 2019 include the sealing of the roof, resealing the underground reservoir, replacing the damaged beams supporting the ground floor, painting the walls, rewiring of the first floor, repainting of the cannon and its mounting, and putting up new signage on the roof at a cost of Rs 275,000.

 Our next priorities are

  • to repair and finish the wooden flooring and staircase                                            Rs55,000
  • The mounting of the two cannons next to the tower,

Rs75,000

  • The signage outside the tower and on the road near the post office, the Yemen roundabout and the Black River Business Park,

Rs40,000

  • New display panels on the walls( As the present ones have deterioted)

Rs35,000

  • A smart screen (To modernize  and offer our guided tour in different languages)

Rs50,000

Total: Rs 255,000

 

Costs of work completed by the end of 2019 with the help of voluntary workers, professional reductions and CSR funds

  1. Sealing of the roof                                                                                    75,000
  2. Replacing the structural beams of the ground floor                               80,000
  3. Painting of the walls                                                                                 25,000
  4. Rewiring and re- lighting                                                                         50,000
  5. Repairing the reservoir                                                                            35,000
  6. Repainting and repairing the cannon mounting    work done by a volunteer    10,000                                                                                                     Rs 275,000 - spent so far -

                                 The Museum’s Place in Black River

The building is a declared national monument situated at the La Preneuse Public Beach. It is an important cultural and historical site which falls under the control of the National Heritage Fund and is operated as a museum by the non-governmental organisation FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, in terms of an Agreement with the NHF.

It complements the other local attractions such as dolphin watching, Casela Leisure Park, the Black River Gorges and others. A museum visit has been included in a dolphin watching and picnic at Ile aux Benitiers package offered by one of the local tour operators. The museum has a certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor and is listed as one of the top ten sites based on visitors’ reviews.

The museum provides employment to 3 full-time guides and 2 trainee-replacement guides.

We are visited every year by many of the schools in the country, including pre-primary schools and tertiary institutions.

The impact of covid 19 can be seen by the dramatic drop in the number of visits to the museum in 2020.We experienced a 76 % decrease.

 

Tourists

Mauritians

No of Schools

No of pupils

Total

    2019

  2,972

  1,960

     36

  3,188

  8,120

    2020

     564

  1,077

     10

      300

  1,941

 

 

Profile of FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT:

“Friends of the Environment” was created in 1989 by a group of concerned professionals. Its mission is to protect the environment in Mauritius. In the past 30 years Friends has successfully conducted projects in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, historical building restoration and education. Projects have included:   

  • Researching and planning the restoration and development of the Citadel and Petite Montagne,
  • Re vegetation with native plants on the Petite Montagne around the Citadel,
  • Restoring the Martello Tower at Black River
  • Refurbishing and operating the Martello Tower as a Museum,
  • Providing a guiding service for the Jewish Detainee Memorial and Information Centre,
  • Running a national campaign providing compost bins to citizens in Mauritius,
  • Lecturing in the schools about the importance and ecological management of the environment,
  • Producing colouring books and educational games for schoolchildren,
  • Restoring historical cemeteries and maintaining tombs of national heritage importance throughout the country.

 

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Comments
  1. R+EK
    Really appreciated the visit of the Martello Tower Museum back in 2019. And will come back to this wonderful place in the future. The view from the top is amazing.

    Best regards from Switzerland

    Comment by

    Posted on

  2. AK
    I had a fantastic time in Mauritius in 2019 and really enjoyed the tower tour. Very friendly and knowledgeable people.

    I wish you all the best with the restoration of the Martello Tower Museum. Preserving historical objects is very important.

    Comment by

    Posted on

  3. JS
    I have visited your wonderful museum with my mum on one of my many visits to Mauritius. I am a British Airways Captain operating the route from the U.K. and I can’t wait to start bringing you back the tourists that you so desperately need. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you as you face the challenges of this global pandemic. Good Luck with your project, you are a gem of a museum preserving a fascinating piece of Mauritian history.

    Comment by

    Posted on

  4. BSJA
    Best of luck in raising the funds

    Comment by

    Posted on