India’s first Labour Movement Museum, exhibiting the complete history of the world labour movement is soon to be launched at Alappuzha, Kerala. This fascinating museum will showcase a huge repository of documents that formed the trajectory of labour movements across the world, thereby marking a significant impact on Alappuzha, the cradle of the labour movement in India.
Established adjacent to the Port and Coir museums depicting Alappuzha’s rich maritime heritage, the Labour Movement Museum will paint a vivid picture of the class struggle and valiant revolt by the workers of the country and constitutes a more extensive project that will be of tourist appeal, as stated by the State Tourism Department in a release.
About The Labour Movement Museum Of India
A part of the LDF government’s 100-day programme, this soon-to-be-launched museum is fittingly established in Alappuzha, a town that captures the history of the early surfacing of Western colonialism. The scenic town of Alappuzha had an implicit control over the production and trade of the globally demanded coir made with coconut husk.
“The New Model Cooperative Society Limited, previously run by the Bombay Company, has been converted into the Labour Movement Museum. It will portray, through pictures, documents and other exhibits, the growth of the world labour movement and the history of Keralas labour movement”, the Tourism department stated.
- It is noted that as soon as the restoration of heritage structures is complete, the museums will be open to the public.
“Besides its unsurpassed natural beauty, Alappuzha has a rich commercial and maritime heritage dating back to ancient times and connected to distant lands. The Alappuzha Heritage Tourism project is conceived to bring this legacy before tourists, in which these museums are important components. They will also serve scholars specializing in the commercial and labour- related topics,” Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said.
Almost 97% of the renovation works in this museum is accomplished with total funding of ₹9.95 crores and the restoration work is successfully being led by eminent conservation architect Dr Benny Kuriakose.
- It is also noted that the restoration of the old Port Office and adjoining godowns is currently underway, whereas 90% of the restoration works of ₹4.63 crore Port Office has been completed.
Labour Movement Museums Around The World
While this is India’s first-ever one of a kind Labour Movement Museum, there already exists a Workers Museum in Central Copenhagen, Denmark. Encompassing the Labour Movement Library and Archives from the year 1909, this distinguished museum opened in the year 1983.
Opened to the public in 1983 and established in New Jersey, The American Labor Museum depicts the history of workers and the labour movements throughout the globe.
Similarly, the UK’s People History Museum, formerly known as the National Museum of Labour History is the national museum of the country, showcasing and documenting the history related to the working people of the country.
It is evident that amidst the plethora of intriguing places one can visit in Kerala, this first-ever Labour Movement Museum of India will become one of the most renowned and treasured tourist attractions of the state. Plan your Kerala trip with TravelTriangle and enjoy vacationing like never before!
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