A permanent museum dedicated to India’s Partition in 1947 will be established at the historic Town Hall in Amritsar, says the trust behind the project.
The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, behind the initial idea and in charge of running the museum, had unveiled the plans last year. It has now been allotted a wing in Amritsar’s Town Hall by the Punjab government. “We are grateful it has recognised the importance of the Partition in the history of India and the world,” said Kishwar Desai, chairperson of the trust.
The Partition Museum will be a space of commemoration and documentation of the largest migration in history. More than 1.4 crore people migrated in 1947, losing their loved ones and their homes, forced to rebuild their lives upon arrival in either India or new-carved Pakistan.
“They lived in camps and rudimentary shelters till they found alternate accommodation. It was a huge sacrifice that has largely been forgotten, and the Partition Museum will raise that veil of silence,” the trust said.
The project will be built through contributions, donations, artefacts and documents being sourced through private and public collections and archives. Its home at the Town Hall itself is an old colonial building dating back to the late 19th century with its grand facade and belfry being witness to the turmoil of the Partition.
The trust plans to seek collaborations from all the countries involved in this part of the Indian sub-continent’s history – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Britain. The launch is planned next year.