Govt to scale updistrict Heritage Museum in Thrissur: Minister RamachandranKadannappally

Thrissur, June 22:The KeralaGovernment plans to developthe district Heritage Museum in Thrissur as a major facility to showcase thestate’s rich and diverse history and heritage, Hon'ble Minister of Ports, Museums, Archeology and Archives,ShriRamachandranKadannappally, said here today.

Speaking after inaugurating the renovated District Heritage Museum at Chembukkavu here,  ShriKadannappally said  the spacious land going to be available once the zoological park hereis shifted would be used for developing  the museum on a massive scale.

“We have begun working out plans for the same. Such efforts will help tremendously to inculcate in the minds of younger generation, a sense of value about our culture and heritage,” he observed.

The Minister noted that the renovation works at the museum were carried out in tune withthe Government’s policy to makemuseums in the state disabled-friendly.

The Thrissur district Heritage Museum, showcasing the rich history and cultural legacy and of Kerala's Cultural Capital,was opened to the public after the completion of the second phase of renovation works.

So far, a total of Rs 3, 96,00 000  has been spent to renovate the structure and its premises .

Hon'ble Minister for Agriculture, Shri V S Sunil Kumar, who presided over the function, lauded the efforts taken by the State Archives Department to preserve the regional history and heritage.

He said the palace, where the museum is housed, was renovated in such a way that it would help any visitor to understand the heritage of the state.

“The museum will not only preserve our culture and heritage but also impart a sense of historical perspective to the people.This will help anybody to understand the culture of Kerala,” he added.

Over 100 years oldKollengode Palace, famous for its mural paintings and uniquearchitectural features, was built by Vasudeva Raja of Kollengode royal family in 1904,as agift to his daughter.

The museum, which was opened in 2016, has completed its second phase of renovation and creation of additionalfeatures, including a well equipped amphitheatre and children’s park besides the beautification of the premises.

The museum is a treasure houseof rare and precious objects and artifacts throwing light into the rich and diverse historyof Thrissur and the adjoining areas,  includingMathilakam and the ancient maritime centreMuziris.

SmtAjithaJayarajan, Mayor, Thrissur, Sri J Rejikumar, Director, Kerala State Archives department, Sri K Gangadharan, former director, Museums & Zoos,  R ChandranPillai, Executive Director, Keralam Museum also attended the function.

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