Palakkad: The heritage museum at the Government Victoria College is now open to the public. Principal in charge Dr. Maya C Nair recently said that entry for the public would be from 11 am to 3.30 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The old Principal’s bungalow that was built during British times near the district collector’s official residence at College Road was turned into a museum.
The museum was set up using Rs 25 lakh that was allowed by former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha MP AK Antony from the development fund. The’ Know the Victoria’ gallery that narrates the history of the college that is more than a century old is the highlight of the museum.
The visitors can also see the photographs of the college taken ever since its inception in 1887. In the olden days, the area below the current chemistry block was used by the police department as its weaponry. Many such historical remnants and evidences can be still seen at many spots in the campus.
Besides, a Kerala Heritage Gallery and an Educational Heritage Gallery too have been arranged. Old lab equipment imported from England, remains of the distillery unit, a radio from 1937, bulbs from the past, cameras, binoculars, type writer and the model of pistol too are exhibited in museum.
The arrangements in the museum were overseen by head of the department of history, Dr. PJ Vincentm who is also the nodal officer of the project. Entry for school and college students will be free once the college reopens for the next academic year.