In an exciting collaboration, the Gibraltar National Museum’s dedicated team, led by Professor Geraldine Finlayson and Dr. Stewart Finlayson, has been actively engaged in a year-long partnership with Arte TV, the renowned European Culture Television Channel.
This collaboration culminated in a recent visit to Gorham’s and Vanguard caves, where the crew, accompanied by Geraldine Finlayson, captured footage for an episode that will be part of a four-documentary series on straits, alongside Gibraltar, Magellan, Malacca, and Pas de Calais.
Arte TV’s series delves into the significance of straits as crucial crossroads where ecosystems have facilitated the movement of genes and species throughout history. These straits, shaped by natural forces and standing as both barriers and gateways, serve as essential environments and crossing points. The documentaries explore the intricate relationships between elements and species, highlighting the historical and contemporary challenges faced by human populations settled along these vital corridors.
Stewart Finlayson, an integral part of this project, shares cutting-edge research on bat populations in the region, extending from Gibraltar to Spain and Morocco. His collaboration with the Estación Biologica de Doñana contributes valuable insights into the diverse species found in the area. Meanwhile, Geraldine Finlayson and her team’s work on climate proxies offers a unique perspective on the Strait of Gibraltar’s role as an unparalleled ecosystem since the time of the Neanderthals.
Minister for Heritage John Cortes commended the Gibraltar National Museum’s continuous efforts to showcase Gibraltar internationally, stating, “I am delighted with the way that the Gibraltar National Museum keeps on promoting Gibraltar at the highest international level. Its team has achieved one success after another, and the museum has a very positive image abroad as a centre of excellence. They continue to put Gibraltar on the world map.” This collaboration stands as the latest achievement in the museum’s distinguished history, reinforcing its reputation as a hub of excellence.
The documentary series promises to unveil the rich tapestry of life in the Strait of Gibraltar, shedding light on its ecological importance and the efforts of those committed to preserving these vital crossroads of life.