Humanities Field Trip

Visit to the National Museum

Eight boys of grade twelfth humanities and O.P. sir went for a field trip to the National Museum New Delhi. Our visit to the museum started with a security check and an introduction to our guide for the day. The National Museum, New Delhi, as we see it today, has an interesting beginning. The blueprint for establishing the National Museum in Delhi was prepared by the Maurice Gwyer Committee in May 1946.

An Exhibition of Indian Art, consisting of selected artefacts from various museums of India was organised by the Royal Academy, London with the cooperation of Government of India and Britain. The Exhibition went on display in the galleries of Burlington House, London during the winter months of 1947-48.

It was decided to display the same collection in Delhi, before the return of exhibits to their respective museums. An exhibition was organised in the the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s residence), New Delhi in 1949, which turned out to be a great success. This event proved responsible for the creation of the National Museum.

The museum’s main attraction was the amount of artefacts they had of the Harappan valley. The earliest known civilisation around India. And it flourished because of its development in all spheres including architecture which was un common to see at that time. The museum also had the jewellery exhibition of the Nizam of Hyderabad. The collection included a 900 cr. Rupees diamond that gazed everyone’s attention. The museum had certain other sections like the Mughals and of the Gupta times that had paintings and sculptures. Our evening involved a visit to the recently constructed NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL. The trip overall was a very informative and helped us understand history in the class better

BY – ARYAN KATHURIA