The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society:

•           Runs two museums, the Museum of Nevis History and the Nelson Museum.

•           Collects and archives books, papers, ephemera and archaeological collections, as well as records of the Nevis Government, and makes these archives available for research.

•           Sponsors major projects, e.g., the Caribbean Region Environmental Program (CREP) project for the reclamation and preservation of the Bath stream and bogs; the Upper Round Road project; the Nevis Heritage Trail system, and the Charlestown historic district project.

•           Reviews and comments on all development plans that come before the Government Planning Department, as well as long range planning projects by that Department. In 2006, these projects have ranged from the 600 acre Newfound Development, to individual buildings in Charlestown. NHCS also participated in the identification of sites of historic and natural beauty needing protection, for inclusion in the island’s physical plan.

•           Provides advice to the Tourism Department on heritage tourism sites. In 2006, NHCS staff provided assistance in setting up a bellows at the heritage village at Fothergills, and also provided advice on how to provide a more authentic experience for visitors.

•           Provides support to archeological projects from abroad. In 2006, there were four such projects investigating Nevis sites,  including Jamestown, Montpelier, Herbert Heights and the Pinney Estate.

•           Runs island-wide clean-ups. In 2006, 55,000 pounds of “white litter” were picked up on the island’s main roads. NHCS’s 15th annual beach clean-up yielded 4,238 lbs of trash removed from over 13 miles of beach in 219 trash bags.

•           Informs the public about environmental issues. NHCS runs a weekly radio show on environmental topics, and sponsors public meetings. A recent meeting on the Newfound project elicited significant response.

•           Is an advocacy group which is currently sponsoring legislation to create a Nevis National Trust. NHCS has previously proposed other measures to protect Nevis’s heritage, such as the creation of an historic district in Charlestown, and incentives for property owners to maintain their buildings.

•           Sponsors educational events and programs. In 2006, NHCS administered YOUTHPATH, an intensive program to teach young people about heritage tourism. NHCS is planning events to commemorate the 1607 visit to Nevis of the Jamestown settlers.  NHCS sponsors lectures, hikes, and cultural events for its members.