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), …

Recent library acquisitions from India

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The trust library recently added to its collection a substantial acquisition of books from the National Museum, Delhi, following our participation in the museum’s hosting of the exhibition ‘The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination’ in 2016. These beautifully illustrated volumes are all catalogued on Cambridge University Library’s iDiscover search platform and are available to view at the trust: Rupa-Pratirupa: The Body in Indian Art / Naman P. Ahuja. New Delhi: National Museum, 2014. [Publication to accompany an exhibition held at National Museum, New Delhi from 14th March to …

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 …