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Kolkata: Victoria Memorial Hall to have mother and child room

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As an extension of the observance of International Women’s Day on 8 March, Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH), Kolkata, is opening a mother and child room (Lactation Room) on Friday, March 13, at 4 pm. This room, adjacent to the Entrance Hall of the VMH, is where nursing mothers can take a little rest in a private space while breastfeeding their children.

This is part of our ongoing effort to make the museum more inclusive and friendlier to people with various challenges. As the then Director-in-Charge, I had the privilege of inaugurating such a room in the Indian Museum in May 2017. Since then the introduction of a similar facility in the VMH has been in the pipeline, and it is now finally happening, much later than it should have, but – hopefully – not too late, said VMH secretary and curator Jayanta Sengupta.

At the same time that day, we are also inaugurating our latest ‘Object-of-the-Month’ exhibition, a Rajput miniature of Rani Padmini (Padmavati) binding a ‘turban’ on her head, surrounded by her companions. This painting, just out of our reserves, will be on display in the Prince Hall on the southern side of the museum, he added.

 

Source: Times of India

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