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Kashmir has been historically known as one of the oldest habitations in Asia, having a distinction of a recorded and documented history of over 5000 years. Towards the end of the 19th century the historical sites, habitations and artifacts became recognized as the representatives of cultural resources of this civilization and in recognition of this, in the later part of the 19th century a memorandum was submitted to the then Dogra ruler of the Jammu and Kashmir State, Maharaja Pratap Singh for setting up of a museum in Srinagar that would exhibit the cultural and archaeological collections from the regions stretching from Jammu, Kashmir, Baltistan and Gilgit.

The Museum set up by; and named after the ruling maharaja as Shri Pratap Singh (SPS) Museum is located outside the old Srinagar city in an upcoming suburban Lal Mandi area which was becoming increasing popular with the city elite for house-building during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collections currently displayed in the museum fall under the following categories:

  • Numismatic
  • Manuscripts
  • Miniature paintings
  • Weapons and armoury
  • Utensils
  • Musical Instruments
  • Furniture and decorative items
  • Textiles and carpets
  • Items of leather, grass and willow work
  • Sculptures and other excavated objects
  • Natural history collections

In the year 2006-2007, United Nation Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), New Delhi, within the framework of UNESCO Program on Enhancing Protection of Movable Cultural Property, commissioned the Chapter for undertaking a project on SPS Museum Srinagar. The aim of the project was to prepare;

  • Conservation Proposal for the 19th Century building housing the SPS Museum at Srinagar. The Proposal included documentation, condition appraisal and recommendations for the building including proposals for display lighting.
  • An assessment of the physical condition of the key collections of the museum, including recommendations for their conservation and restoration.
  • Developing content of information for visitors to the museum in the form of display panels and brochures and the fabrication of the same.
  • Developing a section within the Chapter website on the museum and its key collections.
 

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