Overview

Inheriting Harappa is a cultural and educational initiative for reviving an interest in the heritage of the Indus Valley Civilization, especially amongst the people who presently occupy the lands that once formed this extensive ancient civilization.

As a recipient of the UNESCO/IFPC Award 2014-2015, and in partnership with the Lahore Museum, the Inheriting Harappa Project has hosted a special exhibition with an educational mission in the three cities of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

Rediscovering Harappa: Through the Five Elements is a Special Exhibition within the Inheriting Harappa Project. The exhibition features a set of original Harappan artefacts from the permanent collections of the Lahore Museum juxtaposed with the clay works of two contemporary potters: Mohammad Nawaz and Sheherezade Alam.

A unique feature of the exhibition is the creative artwork in the form of maps, drawings and mixed media collages that artistically interpret significant aspects of Harappan material culture. These interpretive artworks have been produced by collective groups of young Pakistani artists, designers and architects, representing ten different educational institutions in Pakistan. During a summer intensive Internship Programme organized by the Lahore Museum, our ‘artist-interns’ closely examined Harappan objects and engaged with the Lahore Museum’s Indus collection.  They studied the published archaeological literature to generate designs for 'interpretive artworks' and for educational activity books in this project.

What's Happening?

Exhibition

On Saturday, 21st November 2015, the Lahore Museum opened its door to the public with its first-ever Special Exhibition called Rediscovering Harappa: Through the Five Elements. Learn more

Education

The Educational Programme is specially geared to providing a rich and meaningful experience of the Special Exhibition to the visitor. Learn more

Public Lecture Series

In a two-day Public Lecture Series, held on 21st-22nd November 2015 at the Lahore Museum's Auditorium, eminent archaeologists, an ecologist, historian, fictional writer and a potter, told us how they have been engaging with the Harappan world of the third millennium BC. Learn more
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At The Lahore Museum

Effective since 1894, the Lahore Museum is the oldest museum in Pakistan, and thus its collection of approximately 60,000 objects represents the cultural treasures of the vast Indian subcontinent. More than that, it is a symbol of diversity – a melting pot of Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, Sikh, Pagan, Christian and Islamic ideals and concepts represented in the form of sculptures, manuscripts, paintings, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, seals and coinage and much more. Nowhere else can one find evidence of such pluralism in Pakistan. Particularly compelling is its Pre- and Proto-historic collections that include artefacts from Neolithic Mehrgarh to the sophisticated urban metropolitan centres of the third millennium BC Indus Valley Civilization, such as Harappa and Mohenjodaro. For most visitors strolling through the museum galleries, however, the relevance of this material has been lost. The Inheriting Harappa project, therefore, aspires to connect us to those ancient people who made, used and cherished these artefacts in their times by bridging cultural and chronological gaps between objects and viewers — especially by retelling the stories that bring the human connections of these artefacts alive through its visually evocative special exhibition and dynamic educational programme. These enigmatic stories, we hope will inspire our nearly 300,000 annual visitors at the Lahore Museum, to initiate meaningful dialogues with many of the objects on display in the galleries.

Venue & Timings

Lahore Museum
Open: Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sun
Timings: 10 AM to 3:30 PM

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DISCLAIMER: THE INHERITING HARAPPA TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CHOICE AND THE PRESENTATION OF THE FACTS AND OPINIONS IN THIS WEBSITE, WHICH ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF UNESCO AND DO NOT COMMIT THE ORGANIZATION.

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