Bangladesh National Museum (Dhaka)
The USI-CAFHR (CMHCS) assisted the Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) to reorganize and renovate its permanent exhibition galleries (four in numbers) relating to the War of Liberation of 1971 and the Museum of Independence it operates. In this regard Mr. Faizul Latif Chowdhury, Director General, BNM invited Secy CAFHR (CMHCS) and Mr AR Ramanathan, Architect, M/s TEAM and Expert on Design of Museums & Exhibitions to participate as trainers in a three-day training workshop for Curatorial Staff of BNM and other museums. The visit of the two experts was facilitated by the High Commission of India at Dhaka, Bangladesh. After the visit a proposal was submitted to the Govt of India, Ministry of External Affairs to examine the possibility of assisting the Govt of Bangladesh to develop a proposed National Monument Complex at the Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka.
In Flanders Fields Museum – Assembly Chair Project
To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres curated an exhibition ‘assembly-memorial chairs’. The exhibition, which was displayed in the heart of Ypres, Belgium on the final commemorative weekend of 9-11 November 2018, had empty chairs as its central image. Each country that participated in the First World War sent a chair that represented the loss the war left in the homes of the families. On behalf of India, the USI-CAFHR was invited to send a chair. The chair we chose had a distinct Indian appearance and when installed in Ypres, Belgium along with chairs received from other countries, it represented those Indian soldiers who died in Flanders and signified the overall contribution made by India towards the war effort.
National Museum Institute Project
The USI-CMHCS has been approached by the National Museum Institute to assist in setting up a museum on the Freedom Struggle at Lal Qila Complex to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence. The museum project is jointly coordinated and executed by the National Museum Institute and National Museum under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The details of the extent and scope of collaboration are still awaited.