Bangladesh National Museum celebrated International Museum Day by launching a new gallery named Arms and Armour on Saturday.
The gallery displays 180 types of weapons and armours used in warfare and self-defence by armies of different eras.
Weapons and armours like blunt maces, axes, bows, arrows, spears, knives, swords, steel helmets, shields, muskets, bayonets, revolvers, cannons and others have been displayed in the gallery.
Acclaimed artist Hashem Khan, also chairman of the Bangladesh National Museum trustee board, inaugurated the gallery.
Bangladesh National Museum brought out a procession at around 9:30am. Following which, a seminar was held on life and works of Nalinikanta Bhattasali and his contributions to archaeological sector at the main auditorium of the museum.
Bangladesh National Museum director general Riaz Ahmed delivered the welcome speech at the seminar.
Jahangirnagar University archaeology department professor Dr A K M Shahnewaz gave the key note speech at the seminar while member of Bangladesh National Museum trustee board professor Dr Sonia Nishat Amin, writer-researcher Ali Imam and others spoke on the occasion.
‘Nalinikanta’s contribution to archaeology and Bangladesh National Museum cannot be forgotten. He pioneered the setting up of today’s National Museum. He became the curator of the Dhaka Museum in 1914, a position
he held until his death in 1947,’ said Dr A K M Shahnewaz.
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