Archives Department to setup regional Museums across JK

Srinagar

The Department of Archives, Archaeology, and Museums is setting up regional museums at various places in the State outside the twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.

According to the Director, Archives, Archaeology, and Museums, Muneer-ul-Islam beginning in this regard has been made with the setting up of proposed museum Kargil, the spokesman said.

People walk near the ruins of Martand Sun Temple in Mattan area of district Islamabad in south Kashmir on Septemeber 19, 2018. KL image by Umar Khurshid

He said the LAHDC-Kargil has agreed to provide 3 Kanals of prime land in the town for the museum. Muneer expressed gratitude to CEC LAHDC Kargil Feroz Ahmed and DC Kargil Vikas Kundal for having acceded to the Department’s request for providing land. “We shall soon be approaching Ministry of Culture for funds to start the construction of Kargil Museum,” he said and added that the as a precondition for any grants from the Ministry of Culture, the Department needs to have artifacts relevant to the theme of Museum.

A Martand Sun Temple in Mattan area of district Islamabad in south Kashmir, photo taken on September 19, 2018, by Umar Khurshid

“I request the people having interest in culture and heritage to come forward and donate artifacts related to the pastoral and agricultural lifestyle of Ladakh and adjoining regions for the proposed Museum,” he said and added these could include jewelry, heritage household items, traditional agricultural and household implements etc.

He said such items could also include items depicting age-old trade relation of Kargil with adjoining Central Asian countries, Eastern China and Tibet, particularly falling on famed Silk route.

“All these items can be deposited with Curator SPS Museum and Assistant Registration Officer Archives Leh or in the office of LAHDC Kargil against proper receipt,” he said and added that anybody wishing to give items against consideration may also approach these offices, so that matter for purchasing these artifacts can be placed before the expert committee.

Meanwhile, the spokesman said that Department of Archives Archaeology and Museum is observing World Heritage Week from 19-25 November 2018.

Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai is scheduled to inaugurate the week-long celebrations at Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex, Jammu on November 19, 2018.

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