The Heritage Affairs Department of the National Parks Authority is the designated unit responsible for the conservation and preservation of the park’s heritage and environment. The responsibilities of the Department include the protection of sensitive archaeological sites, oversight on restoration and conservation of buildings, the curation of the Nelson’s Dockyard Museum, archaeological and ecological survey in the parks, the identification and protection of endangered species, and to serve as a consultant and local contact for visiting researches and members of the public. The Department has two units: Heritage and Environment.
The Nelson’s Dockyard Museum serves as the home of research for the national parks throughout Antigua as well as the registered office for the National Commission for UNESCO in Antigua. The Heritage Affairs team is led by Archaeologist Dr. Reginald Murphy and Environmentalist Dr. Brian Cooper.
The team works with researchers worldwide, coordinating with diverse groups wishing to study on the island. This includes archaeologists, historians, marine biologists, ecologists, climate change research and paleo-environmental teams among others. The team also gets involved in projects outside of the parks but where the subject matter is of national heritage and importance for example the Barbuda Council, Schools and the Ministry of Tourism.
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The National Parks team works with researchers worldwide, coordinating with diverse groups wishing to study on the island. Learn More
The Environment Unit has numerous ongoing projects they monitor for the protection and health of the environment in the National Parks. Learn More