One look at the 1857 Memorial Museum, Residency, Lucknow will transport you back to an era when the great uprising took place in Lucknow. It has provisions of all the visual accounts of the famous uprising through paintings, photographs and artifacts like the canons, shields, swords and rank badges among many such similar items. The items are very thoughtfully placed in a chronological order, which is very conducive for the visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the articles that are on display here. There are portraits of the heroes of the uprising and also on display are many other lithographs and photographs, which have been collected from the various sites linked with the uprising.
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I began my tour of the various galleries in the Museum, some of which are in the ground
floor and some in the basement. A flight of steps lead to the ground floor galleries while there is a small room that leads to the spiral staircases, which takes people to the lower basement. The
Museum also houses articles from some recent excavations, which include animal figurines and terracotta human figurines too. Interestingly there is a loaded revolver among the other articles.
There seems to be a lot of untold stories in the Museum, which peek through the glimpses of the artifacts. I tried to decipher the maps that can be seen depicting the focal points of uprising of
the revolt, the strategic important places, which includes a layout of the Residency as well.
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Among other artifacts in the 1857 Memorial Museum, Residency, Lucknow, I noticed the ones that were recently uncovered and there are these fragments of wine
bottles and cannon balls, which had their place among the exhibits. All the items had been preserved in the same conditions as they were found in the year 1920 when the Museum got a distinct
status. It was very interesting to go through the exhibits and the visual proof that tried to reconstruct the story of the uprising. As I wrapped up my day, my parting thoughts were to those who
lost their lives in the struggle. For the next day, I had the Dilkusha Kothi as my sightseeing plan.