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

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 24,589 raised
Rs 255,000

Help Us Renovate La Preneuse Martello Tower Museum

in Black River, Mauritius

 

Restored from a derelict ruin into a museum by FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, Martello Tower was set up with generous funding by private Mauritian companies and foreign embassies. The museum opened its doors in August 2000 and has since been visited by thousands of Mauritians and tourists from around the world.

 

Today after more than 20 years – most recently marked by a slowdown in visitor traffic due to COVID-19 (see below) – we are taking steps to refurbish the museum’s façade, and to increase awareness and recognition of its significant historical place in the Mauritian cultural landscape. To this extent, our organisation appeals to you for support in raising MRU 255,000 for much-needed repairs and innovations that will greatly enhance the site and its acquisitions.

The Project

ITEM

PROJECTED COST (MRU)

  • Repair and refinish the wooden flooring and staircase

55,000

  • Mounting of two cannons at the exterior of the tower

75,000

  • Replace or install signage – as required – outside the tower, and along regional roads and throughways

40,000

  • Replace exhibition and display panels in the museum

35,000

  • Replace wall map with smart screen that will offer guided tour in multiple languages

50,000

Total:

MRU 255,000

 

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 (NHF) and is operated as a museum by the non-governmental organisation, FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, under an Agreement with the NHF.

 

It complements other local attractions of the west coast such as Dolphin Watching, Casela Leisure Park, the Black River Gorges National Park, and more. A museum visit is included in a package offered by a local tour operator, along with Dolphin Watching and a Picnic outing on Ile aux Benitiers. The museum received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor where it is listed among the top ten sites based on visitor reviews.

 

The museum provides employment to three full-time guides and two trainee-replacement guides and encourages volunteers to partake in its activities and projects.

 

Martello Tower Museum plays a part in the education of Mauritian students, from pre-primary to tertiary institutions, whose schools organize numerous visits every year.

 

 

COVID-19 Impact on Martello Tower Museum

The number of visits to Martello Tower Museum was dramatically impacted during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a 76% decrease in the number of visits.

   Year

Tourists

Mauritians

No of pupils (schools)

Total Visitors

2019

2,972

1,960

3,188 (36)

8,120

2020

564

1,077

300 (10)

1,941

 

 

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  1. A
    Nou Patrimoine, Nou Richesse - Ile Maurice, Mauritius

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. BSJA
    Best of luck in raising the funds

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Supporters
  • Anonymous

    MUR 5,000 Donation
    15 Jun, 2021
  • Anonymous

    MUR 5,000 Donation
    02 Apr, 2021
  • Pritish Appadoo

    MUR 4 Donation
    17 Mar, 2021
  • 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 Renovate La Preneuse Martello Tower Museum

in Black River, Mauritius

 

Restored from a derelict ruin into a museum by FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, Martello Tower was set up with generous funding by private Mauritian companies and foreign embassies. The museum opened its doors in August 2000 and has since been visited by thousands of Mauritians and tourists from around the world.

 

Today after more than 20 years – most recently marked by a slowdown in visitor traffic due to COVID-19 (see below) – we are taking steps to refurbish the museum’s façade, and to increase awareness and recognition of its significant historical place in the Mauritian cultural landscape. To this extent, our organisation appeals to you for support in raising MRU 255,000 for much-needed repairs and innovations that will greatly enhance the site and its acquisitions.

The Project

ITEM

PROJECTED COST (MRU)

  • Repair and refinish the wooden flooring and staircase

55,000

  • Mounting of two cannons at the exterior of the tower

75,000

  • Replace or install signage – as required – outside the tower, and along regional roads and throughways

40,000

  • Replace exhibition and display panels in the museum

35,000

  • Replace wall map with smart screen that will offer guided tour in multiple languages

50,000

Total:

MRU 255,000

 

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 (NHF) and is operated as a museum by the non-governmental organisation, FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, under an Agreement with the NHF.

 

It complements other local attractions of the west coast such as Dolphin Watching, Casela Leisure Park, the Black River Gorges National Park, and more. A museum visit is included in a package offered by a local tour operator, along with Dolphin Watching and a Picnic outing on Ile aux Benitiers. The museum received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor where it is listed among the top ten sites based on visitor reviews.

 

The museum provides employment to three full-time guides and two trainee-replacement guides and encourages volunteers to partake in its activities and projects.

 

Martello Tower Museum plays a part in the education of Mauritian students, from pre-primary to tertiary institutions, whose schools organize numerous visits every year.

 

 

COVID-19 Impact on Martello Tower Museum

The number of visits to Martello Tower Museum was dramatically impacted during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a 76% decrease in the number of visits.

   Year

Tourists

Mauritians

No of pupils (schools)

Total Visitors

2019

2,972

1,960

3,188 (36)

8,120

2020

564

1,077

300 (10)

1,941

 

 

Feel Free to Share with Family and Friends Worldwide

 

 

 

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Comments
  1. A
    Nou Patrimoine, Nou Richesse - Ile Maurice, Mauritius

    Comment by

    Posted on

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. BSJA
    Best of luck in raising the funds

    Comment by

    Posted on