CILAMs staff, volunteers and council members hosted Mr Cedric Cremiere, Director of Le Havre Museum in Normandy, France, on Thursday 31 July 2014 in the museum.
Mr Cremiere is here primarily to talk to two local artists, Tabatha Forbes and Jackie Newnham, about a project planned for Le Havre Museum next year.
Appropriate gifts of a Tongareva rito hat and pipi-shell necklace were presented by president of CILAMs, Gerald McCormack, on behalf of CILAMS, to Mr Cremiere for the Le Havre Museum, which specialises in natural history. Mr Cremiere, in return, gave CILAMS a gift of a book of the superb natural history drawings of the famed French naturalist, Charles-Alexandre LeSueur (1778-1846), a Le Havre native, who travelled on Captain Nicolas Baudin’s expeditions to the South Seas in the early 1800s.
The meet and greet event was jointly hosted by Alliance Francaise and CILAMs. Mr Cremiere addressed the gathering and spoke of the possibility of other joint events, taking place in the near future between individuals or institutions (including ours) from the Cook Islands and Le Havre Museum.
Other guests included Professor Maggie Boden (University of Sussex), a supporter of CILAMS and frequent visitor to the Cook Islands from UK (coming every year for the past 21 years). A big thank you to Alliance Francaise for the delicious French snacks. A pleasant afternoon was had by all.
Photos by Tabatha Forbes