Fort Stories: A walking tour
Explore Mumbai’s most iconic neighbourhood on a walking tour that spotlights it’s hidden histories – the stories that lie behind, around, and within, the buildings, streets and spaces so familiar today. We walk back through the area’s earliest history as a lonely island acquired by the traders of the East India Co., and follow its journey from a struggling fortified town into a crowded, cosmopolitan, trading centre, then to its place at the heart of 19th century developments that transformed Bombay into British India’s ‘first city’, and, finally, to area’s unique post-independence challenges and changes in identity.
Route: Gateway of India precinct – Regal Circle – Kala Ghoda – Oval Maidan.
Sunday l 9 – 11:30 am
Byculla’s Hidden Histories: A walk back in time
Once a low lying swamp submerged by every high tide, Byculla benefitted from crucial reclamation work and grew into a rich residential suburb in the early 19th century, attracting the most affluent of Bombay’s citizens and its most sophisticated infrastructure – including its very first museum! In the latter 1800’s, the building of the mills and workers’ housing transformed the character and face of the neighbourhood. The Bombay Plague of the 1890’s left its mark on Byculla permanently and brought a tumultuous century to its close. The next century brought even more upheaval.
To walk through Byculla today is to be in two places at once – Mumbai in its past, and in its future. By focusing on Byculla’s physical spaces and unique contemporary character, this walk encourages an exploration of the city’s complex histories, its present moment and potential futures.
Saturday, June 17, 2017 l 9 – 11 am
Bombay meets the World at Ballard Estate
A walk through Ballard Estate, with its wide, tree-lined streets and elegant European architecture, will transport you to early 20th century Bombay, to a port city that stood at the centre of a map dominated by sea trade and travel, and at the brink of modern living. From war, trade and shipping to train travel, migration, hotels and public dining, this walk will highlight remarkable, hidden connections between Bombay and the world.
Sunday, June 18, 2017 l 8 – 10 am
Museum Memories: A tour of the BDL Museum, Byculla
Established in the mid-19th century as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Bombay, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad (BDL) Museum in Byculla is Mumbai’s oldest museum and, recently, its greatest heritage conservation success story. Join us on an insider’s exploration of the Museum building, collections and histories. From fine and decorative arts that spotlight craftsmanship, change and international trade through the latter 1800’s to miniature clay models, dioramas and maps which illustrate life, culture and politics in 20th century Mumbai, the Museum’s stunning Victorian home holds complex and layered memories waiting to be unraveled.
Sunday, June 25, 2017 l 10 am – 12 pm