The ‘Indian Adventures’ exhibition showcased a variety of items from the Museums’ Indian collections, including Falconer’s Sewalik fossils, the story of tea growing in India and local 19thC traveller Constance Frederica Gordon Cumming’s Indian collection of books, paintings and ephemera.
During the weekend of the ‘Festival of Museums’ in May, internationally renowned Indian storyteller Peter Shand entertained with his lively and humorous tales during museum drop-in sessions and the hugely successful, mini ‘Holi’ celebration in Grant Park. His stories were brought to life with complimentary creative family workshops in the museum, making bright, traditional Indian decorations with tissue paper.
The friends made beautifully authentic Indian costumes for the children’s dressing up corner and a shadow puppet theatre which were much admired by everyone.
The stories, colours and traditions of India were celebrated with drumming, dance, song, music and food during the Holi festival which was a particularly fun and vivid celebration of the cultural connection between India and the UK.
Special thanks to Cardamom Spice who provided a plentiful supply of wonderfully aromatic Indian food and to Marion Normand who helped to plan the weekend, providing artistic direction and of course, the all-important colour-run materials!