Delhi, 6 August :Smt. Ambika Soni, Minister for Tourism & Culture has said that Delhi will soon have the first children’s museum. Inaugurating two exhibitions at the Children’s Museum building in Siri Fort Complex here today, she invited school children to give their suggestions about the things they would like to see in the museum. She said invitations will be sent to different schools by the Archaeology Survey of India to visit the exhibitions at the proposed museum site where she has inaugurated the exhibitions. The minister said that the building which will be utilized for the children’s museum was taken over by Archaeological Survey of India from the DDA sometime back for establishment of a Children’s Museum and Heritage Centre. She said, the two temporary exhibitions are being held before the Children’s Museum is established with the assistance of a reputed Museum Designer. The museum will be developed on the theme of ‘Story of Delhi’ covering various layers of history and will focus on built heritage as well as antiquities.
Objects and artifacts from the antiquities collection of the Archaeological Survey of India as well as other governmental/non-governmental collections shall be displayed in the museum and multimedia technologies will be used for developing a narrative of the ‘Story of Delhi’.
An exhibition on heritage awareness entitled “Astitva – a quest for identity” has been put-up by the Museology Department of the National Museum Institute. The exhibition aims to sensitise visitors on issues relating to heritage preservation through public participation. Using various visual and audio-visual media, the exhibition portrays different kinds of damage done to the monuments by people through their acts of omission/commission and neglect. The exhibition also dwells upon various threats faced by monuments, both natural and man made, and invites the visitors to start thinking differently, to act responsibly in the interest of heritage, and to share and participate in its glory. The exhibition aims to be educational and informative, while retaining the attribute of entertainment.
Another exhibition, “Delhi – past and present” has been put-up by the Delhi Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India. This photo-exhibition highlights the changes that have occurred in the vicinity of Delhi Monuments over the last few decades. Problems relating to conservation, restoration and changing ambience of these monuments, particularly the pressure created by growing urbanization, are displayed in these photographs.