06 DOCKYARD THEWESTEND.BM Making History Happen By Rebekah Cabrall, Courtesy of WEDCO There are many ways to learn about the Royal Naval Dockyard’s fascinating history, but one of the most entertaining ways for all ages is the free Historical Re-enactment and Walking Tour. Offered every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. from May 5th through October 3rd, you can experience this amazing look into the past. Actors dressed in period costume will transport you to another time as you take in this humorous and enlightening re-enactment. See what life was like in the Royal Naval Dockyard around 1809 and learn about historical aspects of breakwaters, fortifica-tions, storehouses, workshops and barracks. Most interestingly, you will also learn a bit about the lives of those who helped to build Dockyard. You may be surprised. From con-Meredith Andrews victs to captains, many people were influential in the creation of Royal Naval Dockyard, and the individual stories of those who lived and worked here lends to an undoubtedly rich history that could never be fully captured. On top of that, the overall history of Royal Naval Dockyard and the pivotal role it played in world history is one that is captivating and well worth exploring. Continue your adventure into the past by taking a guided Historical Walking Tour immediately following the re-enactment led by an extremely knowledgeable guide, also dressed in period costume. During this tour you will visit some of the most notable places described in the re-enactment. Each step you take amongst the historic walls of Dockyard comes with a unique story, allowing you to truly experience what life must have been like for those who walked those same paths so long ago. A LITTLE HISTORY Royal Naval Dockyard, much like its name and appearance suggest, began as a strategic outpost for the British Royal Navy in 1814. The limestone turrets, barracks and warehouses were once protagonists in historic events such as the War of 1812 and World War II. After falling into disuse, this bastion was eventually sold, and efforts began to bring it into the modern era. However, the rich heritage of Dockyard cannot be ignored or erased and thus forms an intrinsic part of the experience. At the National Museum of Bermuda , you can explore 500 years of local history and culture displayed in British military buildings of the 10-acre Keep citadel, including the award-winning restored Commissioner’s House. Learn about Bermuda’s connections with the West Indies and the Azores, trans-Atlantic slav-ery and underwater archaeology, and its defence heritage. Don’t miss local artist Graham Foster’s spectacular 1,000-square-foot Hall of History mural. Bastions, can-nons, shipwreck artefacts, local watercraft, maritime art, spectacular sea views and dol-phin encounters are all found here. Winter hours, November through March, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last admission at 3 p.m.).