Delhi’s Partition museum is all set to open its doors to public from May 19. It houses memorabilia from the 1947 Partition of India. Some artifacts are also from the time when Delhiites got a chance to travel back to their ancestral homes, which are now in present day Pakistan. Evoking nostalgia are 40 articles donated by families, and five installations alongside several photographs at this museum housed in Dara Shukoh Library at Kashmere Gate.
Mention Partition and it’s difficult to hold back memories of separation, grief, and nostalgia that’s associated with that time. In Delhi, which is the melting pot of cultures, almost every street and neighbourhood is steeped in the stories from the era of 1947. These tales are often narrated in episodes by our grandparents or parents, but now these will thrive in front of us as memorabilia that is curated inside the new Partition Museum.
Opening its doors to the public from May 19, this museum is housed in Dara Shukoh Library inside Ambedkar University Delhi campus at Kashmere Gate. This site was restored by the government before being handed over to The Arts And Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT), which also curated the Partition Museum in Amritsar, Punjab. Kishwer Desai, curator of the museum and director of TAACHT, shares, “All the artifacts, memorabilia, and pictures have been donated by survivors or families who witnessed that trauma. This is incredibly personal for every single person involved because the Partition of 1947 connects all of us together. It’s a people’s museum.”