'Flagging-up' UK-India year of culture

Elmbridge Museum 'Flagging-up' UK-India year of culture

2 February

Throughout 2017, the UK and India are engaging in a year of cultural exchange. Celebrating their rich histories, many cultural institutions in the UK and India are putting together touring exhibitions so that everyone can engage with worldwide history, both at home and from afar. 

To celebrate this year-long festival of cultural events, Elmbridge Museum has opened its stores and carefully selected all things orange, white and green from its collection to create a display based on the colours of the flag of India. The ‘Flagging Up’ mini-exhibition, held at the Civic Centre in Esher until April 2017, shows the rich variety of objects Elmbridge Museum holds, and allows visitors to explore rarely-seen artefacts in a new way.  

The collection is the heart of any museum. Elmbridge is fortunate to have a rich and diverse collection presenting many opportunities to interpret and present it, throughout the Borough. The challenge and beauty of the ‘Flagging Up’ exhibition was the sheer number of objects we wanted to display illustrating many themes in our collection. The exhibited objects would ordinarily have no relationship to each other. However, by placing artefacts by their colour, it is hoped that viewers will draw some interesting links.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “As well as marking the UK-India Year of Culture, Elmbridge Museum’s latest display is following an innovative concept. The use of colours reflects the history and symbolism of the flag of India. However, instead of exploring the cultural heritage of the two nations, the colours provide the opportunity to explore some of the museum’s collection by putting on display many artefacts that have never been seen by the public before. It is an open invitation for residents to find out more about the museum’s extensive collection.”

For further information, please visit Elmbridge Museum, call 01372 474568 or email ebcmuseum@elmbridge.gov.uk.

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