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The Partition Museum, ever since the launch, has found coverage in many leading publications, dailies and op-eds.

Times of India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Partition-museum- to-preserve- a-memory-almost- lost/articleshow/48703239.cms

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/amritsar/17-year-old-to-bring-app-on-partition-museum/articleshow/55082917.cms

India Today
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/partition-museum- project-kick- starts-in-uk/1/537045.html

Hindustan Times
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/amritsar-site- identified-for- indian-partition-museum/story-KxWypg529XJbOtYlMIT67I.html

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/displacement-diaries-partition-museum-revisits-history-with-hopes-of-a-better-future/story-jUN5sWDR37Inbk9Mxb4QBJ.html

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/country-s-first-partition-museum-a-story-of-pain-and-resurgence/story-7AfmmILUM1BhYPOsCpWFiP.html

Deccan Herald
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/498458/keeping-partition- memories-alive.html

The Hindu
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/amritsars-partition- museum-to- relive-a-generations-sacrifices/article7942606.ece

The Tribune
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/Sunday-special/people/chroniclers-of-catastrophe-called-partition/%20213835.html

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/museum-for-healing-and-reconciliation/318317.html

The Economic Times
http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/SilkStalkings/partitions-histories-and-memories-must-be-recorded

The New Indian Express
http://www.newindianexpress.com/education/edex/2016/oct/24/setting-the-partition-tale-in-stone-1530471–1.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/tales-of-the-exodus-partition-museum-delhi-india-pakistan-1947-4588366/

Business Standard

‘Partition Museum to be set up at Amritsar Town Hall’

Press Trust of India | London June 3, 2016 Last Updated at 21:03 IST
A permanent museum dedicated to the Partition of India in 1947 will be establishedat the historic Town Hall in Amritsar, according to the trust behind the project.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, behind the initial idea and in charge of running the museum, had unveiled plans for the museum last year.

It has now been allotted a wing in Amritsar’s Town Hall by the Punjab government.

“We are very grateful the Punjab government has recognised the importance of the Partition in the history of India, and the world,” said Kishwar Desai, the chair of the trust.

The Partition Museum will be a space of commemoration and documentation of the largest migration in history.

More than 14 million people migrated in 1947, losing their loved ones and their homes, forced to rebuild their lives upon arrival.

“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 has been described as a people’s museum, 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 19thcentury with its grand facade and belfry being witness to the turmoil of the Partition of India.

“It is befitting that this grand structure should house the memories and documentation of one of the most important events to affect India,” the trust added.

It 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 Hindu

Amritsar’s Town Hall is site of new Partition Museum

National London, June 3, 2016 Updated: June 3, 2016 22:54 IST
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Fleeing the mayhem and violence in both countries at the time, the migrants lived in camps and rudimentary shelters till they found alternate accommodation.
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The museum’s collection of artefacts, art, documents and oral histories will be built through contributions and donations from private and public sources.
The historic Town Hall in Amritsar, a gracious late-19 century building that stood witness to the unrest in the Punjab after the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre and the Partition, will be the site of the new Partition Museum.
This was announced in London today by Kishwar Desai, Chair of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, which has initiated the project and will manage the museum.
The museum, Ms Kishwar said, will “raise the veil of silence” that surrounds Partition, an event that saw the displacement of 14 million people, the largest in recorded history. The Museum will be a “space of commemoration and documentation” of the sacrifices made during this mass migration, where “people lost their loved ones and their homes, and were forced to rebuild their lives upon arrival,” she said.
Fleeing the mayhem and violence in both countries at the time, the migrants lived in camps and rudimentary shelters till they found alternate accommodation.
“The Museum will be a space of memory, healing and reconciliation. It will also memorialise the grit, courage and spirit of that generation,” Ms Kishwar said.
The Punjab government has donated one wing of the Town Hall for the project. The museum’s collection of artefacts, art, documents and oral histories will be built through contributions and donations from private and public sources.
The British Library, the UK Parliamentary Library, the National Archives, Punjab Archives, Panjab Digital Library, Cambridge University, London School of Economics, Southampton University and Amity University are formally associated with the Partition Museum project.
An ongoing exhibition and curtain raiser to the larger project titled Rising From The Dust: Hidden Tales From India’s 1947 Refugee Camps is on view at the Visual Arts Gallery in Delhi. It displays some of the art, photographs, artefacts and documents relating to the period.
Ms. Kishwar says that hundred of visitors have been to the Gallery to see the exhibition, leaving behind oral histories and memorabilia. A series of lectures on curating the Partition Museum attended by international experts has just concluded in Delhi.
The Trustees of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust include Ritu Kumar, Anjolie Ela Menon, Barkha Dutt, Kishwar Desai, Bindu Manchanda,Vikramjit Sahney, Dipali Khanna, Bela Sethi, Mallika Ahluwalia and Sunaina Anand.
Its board of advisors and patrons is headed by Kuldip Nayar, and includes Shyam Benegal, Lord Meghnad Desai, Abha Bunty Sawhney.
Anyone who wishes to contact Ms. Desai for more information, or wishes to contribute material or oral memorabilia to the Museum can emailladykishwardesai@gmail.com, or phone in to the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust at 9810406230.

Partition Museum to come up in Amritsar’s historic Town Hall

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2016 14:09 IST

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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. (HT Photo)
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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.