An exhibition of photographs of the Falkland Islands, Images of the Falkland Islands, will be on display at the national Maritime Museum from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 23 March 2000.
An exhibition of photographs of the Falkland Islands, Images of the Falkland Islands, will on display the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 23 March 2000.
The exhibition gives an insight into the Islands' breathtaking scenery, unspoilt landscape and vibrant community. The Falkland Islands have a long maritime history, which is reflected by the scope of the photography selected for the exhibition.
Sukey Cameron, Falkland Islands Government Representative in London, will officially open the exhibition on Tuesday 7 March at 6.30pm. Sukey Cameron says: 'The Falkland Islands are a beautiful and fascinating part of the world and it is wonderful to be able to show the exhibition at such a prestigious venue'.
- The Falkland Islands are a United Kingdom Overseas Territory.
- The first recorded landing was by a British sea captain in 1690. Since 1833 British administration has been uninterrupted; except for the Argentine invasion in 1982.
- The population of approximately 2200 is 96% British. 70% of the population is under 50 years old.
- The Falklands are made up of two large islands and some 700 smaller islands. They cover an area nearly the size of Wales.
- The Islands have more sunshine hours than Southern England and less rainfall than the UK average.
- The unspoilt character of the natural environment means that there is a wealth of wildlife. The Falkland Islanders are committed to protecting the environment.
- The Falklands are self-governing except for areas of foreign affairs and defence. Eight councillors are elected every four years to the Legislative Council.
- On 14 July 1999, a historical agreement was signed between the British and the Argentine Governments. Falkland Islands Councillors were part of the British delegation. The Agreement establishes the joint management of fishing stocks between the Islands and Argentina and allows Argentine nationals to visit the Islands for the first time since the 1982 Conflict.
- The Falklands are economically self sufficient: apart from defence expenditure which is estimated to be less than half of one per cent of Britain's overall defence budget.
- The economy of the Islands is based on the income from the sale of fishing licences. The fishery, largely based on squid, has been described as the 'best managed fishery in the world'.
- Investment income, agriculture, tourism and services are the other principal contributors to the economy and employment.
- Potential offshore oil reserves may provide an additional source of income in the future.
Visitor informationAdmission to Images of the Falkland Islands is free with a Museum ticketMuseum Admission Prices : Adults £7.50; Concessions £6.00; Children free of chargeOpening times : 10.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to SundayEntrance free with National Maritime Museum ticketVisitor information : 020 8312 6565 (24-hr information line)
For more information on any of the above topics and lots more please visit the Falkland Islands Website at http://www.falklands.gov.fk Please contact Vicki Entwistle/Frances Knox Keene Public Affairs : 0171 287 0652.