The Past, In A Different Light…
The Clive Museum in Powis Castle, Wales, has made some changes in its website at a time when the Black Lives Matter Movement is rocking the world!
The Palace hosts a collection of artefacts brought from India by Lord Robert Clive (September 25, 1725 – November 22, 1774), and his son Edward. Known as ‘Clive of India’, he was the first British Governor of the Bengal Presidency in colonial period. He, along with Warren Hastings, is credited for laying the foundation of the British Empire in India. Among more than a thousand of collected items, there are wooden carvings of Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah and his palanquin made of gold. It is to be noted that Siraj-ud-Daulah was the last independent Nawab (Monarch) of Bengal, the eastern province of India. The end of his reign marked the start of the rule of British East India Company over Bengal, and later almost entire South Asia. Also, the Museum showcases the royal colourful tent of Tipu Sultan and the jewelled tiger head of his golden throne. Tipu was also known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, as he was the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore (in southern part of India) and a pioneer of rocket artillery.
Earlier, the Palace’s website mentioned that Clive had successfully suppressed the coup and acquired huge sums of money. Incidentally, the 35-year-old Clive returned to Britain from India in 1760 with assets worth GBP 0.3 million. Again, he went to India and again returned to his country with a huge amount of wealth. The National Trust recently corrected this statement, saying that Clive and his son had looted some artefacts. The Trust also mentioned that the Palace showcases a painful chapter of British Colonial history, and the authorities would retell the history in a different way in the coming days…
A spokesperson of the Trust said: “The National Trust looks after places and collections that are linked to world histories, including the legacies of colonialism and slavery. We are working with partners to ensure these are fully explored and interpreted.” “Otherwise, the shame and pain of history will break our hearts,” he stressed.
The role of Robert Clive in British Colonial History has come under scrutiny as campaigners seek to have his statue removed from its plinth in Shrewsbury Town Centre.
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