St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A small team from the Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland is in St. Kitts to scan the Berkeley Memorial which is located in the center of the Circus in downtown Basseterre in order to create a 3D image of the monument with the intention of replicating it Scotland.
“The clock tower in the middle of The Circus is a terrific monument that was built originally in Glasgow in Scotland where we are from and there was another one built at the same time in Glasgow, but unfortunately in 1935 it was destroyed and it’s been lost. There was a third one made which went to Leeds in England and again in 1955 that was lost and destroyed. So the last remaining clock tower is here in Basseterre, so my colleague and I have come over to 3D laser scan the monument with a view to recreating one and putting back on site in Glasgow.”
Eddie Horn is a lecturer with the University spoke about the initiative on the Heritage Matters Programs on WINN FM’s Breakfast Show.
“We are just trying to raise the funds to do it but obviously before we raise the funds we had to make sure that its viable and that we can do it. So we had to come over and have a look at the clock here, scan it and from that scan be able to make original patterns cause everything’s been lost. The Sun Foundry who made the original tower has gone out of business many years ago, so there’s no plans, there’s nothing.”
A community group in Glasgow is behind the effort according to Stevie Anderson, who is also a lecturer at the Glasgow Caledonian University.
“….We were talking to him about several other projects and they came up just through conversation that … they were thinking about reinstalling something within the community and approaching the community to ask them what they would like to install and David ran a group called … which is a Facebook site and people were posting up pictures and one of the pictures that was posted was a 1930’s picture of the clock tower situated in Glasgow. So he said no and we said no, but, they were saying that if we can reinstate it and we approached it again and said well it’s viable but how do we do it?”
Actually building the monument will cost about $130,000 pounds Mr. Anderson said.
“So, because we are engineers and we are part of the university and we were talking about other projects we suggested that we have the technology to laser scan a 3D model then we can create the technical drawings needed to manufacture. So that was the motivation, then we took about two years to get the funding to come here to this part of it so that’s the first stage. When we go back home we’ll do the technical drawings and get the accurate quotations made to actually reinstall it and manufacture, then hopefully that goes. I think at the moment we’ve got about $20,000 pounds towards manufacturing it, but we reckon it’s gonna be about $130,000 pounds to manufacture and install it.”
According to www.historicbasseterre.com, The Berkeley Memorial, which is in the form of a clock and drinking fountain, stands in what is known as the ‘Circus’.
The memorial which was also built in Glasgow, Scotland was erected Basseterre in 1883 in honour of Thomas Berkeley Hardtman Berkeley, a past legislator and estate owner of Fountain, Greenland, Green Hill, Ottley’s, Shadwell and Stone Fort.