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Historical artefacts collecting dust in warehouses

Update : 14 May 2014, 06:42 PM

Hundreds of historical artefacts including manuscripts of Rabindranath Tagore’s biography are collecting rust in several archaeological stores of northern Bangladesh for the lack of museum space.

Officials at the Department of Archaeology Bangladesh admitted that a huge collection of valuable artefacts were stored in storerooms due to space shortage in the museums and as well as security issues.

Md Sadequezzman, curator of Mahasthangarh Archaeological Museum in Bogra, reiterated the statement, adding that the department had been keeping the artefacts in the storerooms for a long time.

“More than 50% of the total collection have yet to be displayed in the museums,” he said.

Md Mahbubul Alam, custodian of Paharpur Museum in Naogaon said about 25% of their artefacts were on display in the museums.

“The rest, including the statues, are still in the storeroom,” he said.

Md Mojibur Rahman, curator of Rabindra Memorial Museum in Shahzadpur, Sirajganj, said many Tagore memorabilia in their collection had not been displayed yet.

“We could not accommodate all the memorabilia in the museum as there is not enough space,” he said. 

Md Badrul Alam, regional director of the Department of Archaeology in Bogra, said several hundred artefacts from several dynasties, including pre-Mauryan period, were collecting dust in their storeroom. 

“There is a plan to construct a modern museum in Mahasthangarh area, under the South Asia Tourism Infrastructure Development project,” said Md Badrul Alam.

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