YEAR : 2012-2013
Odisha State Maritime Museum, Cuttack – Architectural restoration and Museum Establishment project
On 31st March 2013, INTACH ICI, with help of INTACH Conservation Institute, Bhubaneswar had completed the project of restoration and establishment of a dilapidated workshop building of 1866 period and establishment of Odisha State Maritime Museum inside it at Jobra, Cuttack. The project was financially supported by the Department of Water Resources , Govt of Odisha. INTACH has successfully completed the work of restoration and establishment of a maritime museum inside the building with a soothing landscaping. The Odisha State maritime museum has 10 very important and innovative galleries reflecting the history of maritime trade in Odisha and its connection with South East Asian countries such as Bali, Java, Sumatra, Cambodia etc . It also has galleries reflecting the Boat making tradition of Odisha, the maritime rituals and coastal architecture of Odisha through beautiful three and two dimensional models, dioramas and photographs. The Old and vintage machines of pre-independence period retained at the Jobra machines gallery are all conserved and made functional for the visitors to see and enjoy .
An entire site of 5.6 acres of the Odisha State Maritime Museum has galleries and in addition to that , an air- conditioned multimedia hall , air conditioned cafeteria, children activity room, a well equipped library and computer section . A world class aquarium is also under preparation inside the museum which will be another added attraction in the Museum Complex and one more feather on INTACH ‘s cap.
Conservation Of Rare Volumes Of Books At Manibhawan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
ICI Bhubaneswar successfully completed the conservation of 12918 sheets of rare volumes of very important books at Manibhawan Gandhi Sangrahalaya at Mumbai which is daily visited by thousands of national and international visitors . The work has been tremendously appreciated by the Museum authorities and also by the foreign visitors.