Hanover’s Story

Hanover Museum

In for a bit more history this Travel Tuesday? Let’s head to the Hanover Museum in Lucea.

Situated on the site of an old barracks and workhouse for women, which later became a prison and police headquarters, the Hanover Museum tells the story of the parish through storyboards, artefacts and other memorabilia donated by citizens or purchased through grant funding.

The museum grounds have a gift shop, where visitors may purchase craft and heritage souvenirs, as well as rest facilities, a café, offices and a lecture/exhibition room. The building has been declared protected by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), which has given the Hanover Historical Society a 21-year lease on the property, following its efforts to save the building from demolition. The society successfully proved its historic worth, indicating that the structure was around in the 1770s.

The museum was officially reopened on Friday, March 25, 2011, after being refurbished by the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ). It was reopened under the theme ‘Labour: Resistance: Punishment.’

Find out more about the parish of in our Hanover Parish Profile.