Open House at AIIT for Open Cambridge 2017

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Last Saturday afternoon, the Ancient India and Iran Trust opened up its library and collections to all, as part of Open Cambridge 2017. This was the first time the trust had taken part in the festival, now in its tenth year, which saw many of Cambridge University’s colleges and institutions, and 20 other partner organisations around the city taking part in a weekend of over 97 events.  From architectural projects, old and new, to outstanding exhibitions and guided walks and talks, the festival offered access to many places and projects …

AIIT Library – Basement Refurbishment, Summer 2017

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The AIIT library’s latest refurbishment project is the conversion of one of its basement rooms to provide further storage for collections. What is currently the boiler/laundry room will be the third basement room to be converted to allow space for new rolling stacks to be fitted.     The installation in 2015 of 30 bays for storage in a previously converted basement room provided an additional 180 linear metres of book space.  After the conversion of our boiler room (which will include a much needed upgrade to a more efficient system), …

Echoes of the past: pre-partition postcards from India

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A delightful item which we have recently catalogued is a collection of 58 postcards dating from pre-partition India which was given to us by Cyrus Pherozeshah Mehta (1917-2011)[1]. The collection includes mostly black-and-white views from Baluchistan, Benares, Calcutta and the holiday resorts of Simla and Matheran in Maharashtra. The Sir Stuart Hogg Market, Calcutta. Designed by Richard Roskell Bayne, an architect of the East Indian Railway Company, this Victorian Gothic market complex was begun in 1873. It was officially named after one of its greatest advocates, Sir Stuart Hogg, the …