African Servants at Court in The Hague

From 21 September 2017 until 28 January 2018, The Haags Historisch Museum, Den Haag, will be hosting an exhibiton on two black servants at the court in The Hague. Enslaved as boys and presented to Stadholder William V as gifts in the 1760s, these two black men, Cupido and Sideron, continued working as well-paid servants at the court in The Hague. While exhibitions of this kind usually omit references to non-European servants, this exhibition centres specifically on servants of African descent in order to draw attention to an aspect of Dutch history that is little known.


Miss Jenny the cheetah visits England

Miss Jenny the cheeta was one among a collection of animals that were brought to England in 1764. In collaboration with the British Library, the Library of Birmingham is hosting the exhibiton Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage, exploring the transcultural interconnections between Britain and India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from 1600 to the present day. In a family-friendly exhibition, both children and adults can learn more about Miss Jenny the cheetah and other links between British and Asian cultures.


Fòcas India

Fòcas India provides emerging photographers from India and Scotland with a professional platform for international exchange, exhibition and training, giving them the opportunity to explore concepts such as place, identity and culture. The creative output of this collaborative work will be inaugurated with an exhibition on 31 August at Trongate 103 with Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) and will continue to tour through Scotland and India.




Exhibition – The Treasury Collection: Works by Maria Sibylla Merian

31 March to 18 June 2017 Cromhouthuis, Amsterdam

The Cromhouthuis is currently hosting an exhibition of the paintings and illustrations of the naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. In her research as a naturalist, Merian examined caterpillars, butterflies, and other insects in their natural environment (f.e. in Surinam), and, as a result, produced works that did not just make a contribution to science, but also to art.

Exhibition – German Colonialism: Fragments Past and Present

14 October 2016 to 14 May 2017

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Berlin, Germany

For the first time The Deutsches Historisches Museum is exhibiting more than 500 objects dealing with various aspects of German colonialism.
berlin_col_ex_1As the flyer of the exhibition explains:
“Although the German Empire was one of the major European colonial powers, only in recent years has Germany‘s colonial past found its way into public consciousness to a significant degree. The exhibition of the Deutsches Historisches Museum examines the colonial ideology, which was founded in the belief of a European superiority. The multifarious interconnections of power ranged from local alliances and the routine exercise of violence on up to the colonial war in Namibia, which developed into genocide. No less varied were the colonial encounters. African, Oceanian and German players pursued their own aims and worked out their own scope of action. The exhibition sheds light on the motives of the missionaries, officials, military personnel, settlers and merchants on the German side as well as the interests of the colonialized peoples. At the same time it questions the degree to which the perspectives of the colonialized peoples were taken into account in the historical tradition and whether this stands in contradiction to the enormous extent of the collections and archives that were gathered during the colonial period and which tended to support the conditions of power.
Such an explicit colonial consciousness continued on after 1919. The exhibition devotes no little room to this controversial memory of the colonial past, while artistic as well as civil societal perspectives give us insight into the present situation as to the attitude towards
German colonialism in the countries that were affected as well as in Germany.”
More information can be found here.

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets: exploring history of hygiene & sanitation

Inspired by the ideas of sociologist and social activist Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the museum aims at: educating students about the historical trends in the development of toilets,  about the design, raw materials, and technologies adopted in the past and those in use in the contemporary world; and at helping policy makers and sanitation experts understanding the efforts made by their predecessors in this field throughout the world and solving present problems in the sanitation sector.

The museum showcases the development of the toilet system of the last five thousand years: from the third millennium B.C. to the end of the 20th century.


Displaying above Book Shelf Type French Toilet and colorfully Decorated Victorian period toilet

The museum can be found at:

Sulabh Bhawan, Palam Dabri Marg, Mahavir Enclave, Palam, New Delhi, DL 110045

For more informations click here.