Rare pictures of British era to be exhibited

At least 200 rare pictures and documents pertaining to the British era starting with the first British settlement in Kerala would be on display here for two days starting Saturday.

This exhibition is being organised by the local branch of the Association of British Scholars (ABS) and would be inaugurated by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore, Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma, who incidentally owns these pictures and documents, said a release by the group.

The ABS is an organisation of Indians who have lived in Britain for studies or undergoing training and are currently working in Kerala.

Among the pictures is one on the first commercial venture between Travancore and Britain when the then Maharani of Travancore in 1673 gave permission to build two factories near here at Vizhinjam and Anchengo.

A picture of a late 17th century fort near here with its ramparts jutting into the Arabian sea is another rare, must-see picture.