Manipur to open museum for conserving cultural artefacts

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IMPHAL, JUNE 3: In a bid to conserve the heritage of the state, the Manipur Government has decided to open a Legislative Assembly museum at the old state Assembly complex in Imphal city.
The primary focus of the museum will be the acquisition, storage and preservation of precious records, historical documents, photographs, rare objects and articles connected with the history of the assembly.
Assembly Speaker Yumnam Khemchand on Saturday told reporters that the key objective of establishing the museum is to preserve the past and present political history of the state for the future generation.
The museum will try to conserve important documents and artefacts by protecting them from destruction due to time and negligence.
The museum will have an archive section, an exhibition section and a section for photographs, he said, adding that a well-equipped conservation laboratory that would take care of preservation and restoration of important artefacts is also in the pipeline.
Collection of photographs of former and present Chief Ministers, Speakers, Secretaries of the Assembly and various historical data have also been started, Khemchand said.
A steering committee has been set up, with the Assembly Deputy Secretary as its Chairperson, to take care of the modalities in constructing the museum, he added.
The Speaker appealed to the public to extend all possible help and to contribute artefacts related to the history of Manipur for the museum.
The museum laboratory has already begun its work and its staff has collected various documents on the political history of Manipur, he added. (TNN)