The children’s section of the National History Museum of Pakistan in Lahore has been curated by Dot & Line and will be open to the public after Eid.
This section will be a permanent exhibit in the National History Museum, a project of the Parks and Horticulture Authority, Lahore, under the Government of Punjab, curated by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP).
Lina Ahmed and Maheen B. Adamjee of Dot & Line began this project with the aim of providing children the means to celebrate Pakistan through immersive exhibits that spark the senses and inspire – to touch, feel, scribble, hear and share their experience while learning about their unique culture. According to them, children in Pakistan need to know what makes their country one of the richest civilisations in the world and hence, the exhibits are designed to be interactive as well as informative to make Pakistani history exciting for younger children.
Making history interesting, especially for young, impatient minds is no mean feat and the curators had to explore all kinds of markets, experiment with prototypes, develop engaging designs and ensure that the project was completed in the time frame given and met all standards and expectations.
At the announcement of the project’s completion, the Dot & Line team thanked their project lead Halima Sadia for her design and execution efforts and for staying positive and determined against all odds. They also expressed their gratitude to Sharmeen Obaid for believing in them, CAP for giving them the opportunity, Marvi for her guidance as well as Sofia B and Aniqa for their reservoirs of patience.
The museum – the first of its kind in the country – is located in the recently renovated Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore, home to the iconic Minar-e-Pakistan and bordered by the beautiful Lahore Fort. The park is open and free for the public which means that the museum will be frequented by children once it opens to the public after Eid.