Sitting in the 1760s Great House that is Wildey House, Miguel Pena is pursuing the job he loves. (Picture by Heather-Lynn Evanson.)
There is something about a mill wall or a slave hut standing statuesque in the countryside that causes Miguel Pena to slow his car and stare appreciatively at the symmetrical lines.
For, Pena has a love for history – be it for that mill wall standing sentinel-like on a hill or in a field; the funerary architecture of a graveyard or the delicately carved trimming of a chattel house’s fretwork.
And he has made that love his day job for the past three years as general manager of the Barbados National Trust.
The 38-year-old admitted his appreciation for the past started before he had even entered Mapps College in St Philip. He was enthralled by the stories told by his multicultural family – his grandfather was Barbadian; his father was Trinidadian and his father’s mother was a Grenadian whose father was from Spain.
“That is part of why I was so curious about the past, hearing people talking about the past and discussing it,” he said as he sat down with EASY Magazine. (HLE)
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