Museum & Art Gallary
The University of Burdwan established a nucleus of Regional Creative Art Centre in the form of Museum and Art Gallery in the year 1965, with the purpose of bringing home the reality of the past of ancient Radha and implementing in future generations the instincts of national pride, reverence and patriotism. The museum and art gallery is the first of its kind in the territorial jurisdiction of the University of Burdwan.
The Museum and Art Gallery is at present located in the premises of Rajbati, the property of Burdwan Raj donated to the University of Burdwan in 1960. The Burdwan Raj, whose history extends from the 17th century to the middle of 20th century, left for prosperity forty-eight temples, four big tanks (Sayars), collection of rare publications and manuscripts, some palatial buildings like ‘Mahatab Manjil’ (known as Rajbati), a number of sculptures and some oil paintings of the Indo European School, the heritage Burdwan Raj thus gave the first momentum to the Museum and Art Gallery.
The Museum and Art Gallery has been enriching its acquisition by the explorations, excavations, gift donations and purchase. The antiquities and art-objects dated from circa 1500 B. C. to the 19th Century, are at present in the possession of the Museum, including the stone-sculpture, small bronze figures, ancient coins (of gold, silver, copper, brass and alloy), oil paintings (Indo European school), Pata Chitra, textiles items, terracotta-plaques, terracotta figures and figurines , dolls and toys, wood carvings, beads, potteries, manuscripts, objects or folk art, copper plate inscriptions and stole inscriptions, old photographs and paints.
The work of the preservation as well s conservation of the existing antiquities have been going on with the help of Victoria Memorial Hall Kolkata (Oil painting, preservation and conservation), and Indian Museum Kolkata (coins, preservation and conservation). The Museum has a plan to set up conservation units of its own.
The museum has its own Library having about 2399 monographs on art and archaeology. There are about one hundred manuscripts. The reading room provision will made soon for the research scholars.
The Museum conducts systematic explorations in the districts of Burdwan, Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia and Hoogly. Through the exploration, the Museum is enriching its archaeological collection.
The Museum and Art Gallery jointly conducted with the Archeological Survey of India, Eastern Circle, at Bharatpur (near Panagarh Railway Sattion), during the period between 1971 and 1976. The Museum has some plan to conduct several excavations at Mangalkot and Daihat (both are situated in the Katwa Sub Division), with the help of Archeological Survey of India, Eastern Zone and Directorate of Archaeology Govt. of West Bengal