Rebuilding a Nation in Partnership: Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) 2003 – 2017 is an exhibition on permanent displayed at the National Museum of Solomon Islands. The exhibition opened during the end-of-RAMSI celebrations in Honiara by then Prime Minister Sogavare and RAMSI Special Coordinator on 29 June 2017.
The displays, which were commissioned by RAMSI, commemorate the story of RAMSI and its achievements. It acknowledges the contributions of the police, military, civilian advisers and diplomats from 15 countries that served in the Mission, as well as Australia’s leadership role.
Using text and images, the exhibition documents the Tension period, RAMSI’s arrival and the work of RAMSI under its three pillars: law and justice, economic governance and machinery of government.
National Museum of Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands National Museum was first opened on June 1969. It is situated in Honiara, the capital, in Guadalcanal Province.
On 26 June 2017 the museum opened a new wing focused on the RAMSI period (2003-2017). Commissioned by RAMSI, the exhibition records the history of the Mission and the strong partnerships and collaborative efforts of RAMSI and Solomon Islands Government personnel to rebuild the nation following the Tensions.
There are over 2,000 items in the collection consisting of cultural materials with some examples of natural history specimens, World War II relics and archaeological material. The Museum also houses a collection of audio-visual material and reference books.
The museum is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4:30pm, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.
The colourful displays explain why Solomon Islands invited Australia and 14 other Pacific Islands nations to end the violence and stabilise the country, as well as the tasks asked of RAMSI, and the Mission’s achievements over the last 14 years.
The Opening was attended by senior Solomon Islands Government representatives from over 20 government ministries, agencies and bodies that RAMSI has supported since its arrival in 2003.
“The exhibition is a testament to the many women and men from the Pacific region and Solomon Islands who worked together to rebuild the nation. It is because of these people’s dedication, commitment and hard work that Solomon Islands is now in a position to farewell RAMSI,” said RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin.
He added: “The National Museum’s new RAMSI gallery will be a wonderful educational resource. It is important that future generations of Solomon Islanders understand the mistakes and trauma of the past. No one wants to see history repeat itself”.
“I also hope that the exhibition will interest and attract many international visitors, including former RAMSI personnel,” said Mr Devlin.
Historians will undoubtedly look back at the RAMSI period as an important chapter in the modern-day story of Solomon Islands.