I have had the good fortune of visiting several museums across many cities in the world. These visits we re self guided, audio guided or in the company of expert guides. What made my visit to The Grey Book Museum and Archives unique and memorable is the experience of the Curator (Mr Reagan Stanley) himself walking me through the artifacts, narrating the story of the artifacts and through them the story of Fort Kochi.
The museum is a treasure trove - pottery shards of Chinese origin and Moorish origin, smoking pipes and birthing chair from the Portuguese era, a honeycomb like coin mould, coral etc. Stone sculptures from a recent excavation have a great story to tell. The best experience for me was the rare sight of photo negatives from 1900 to 1960. These offered a time travel through Kochi's cathedrals, temples, fishing nets, marketplaces and playgrounds. The Curator shared the story of how he sourced the negatives, processed and documented them. His passion for studying and preserve history shined through the two hours of my visit. In summary, I would highly recommend a visit to this museum for anyone interested in the rich history of Kochi.
Reagan has great plans to expand the museum and to use technology like Virtual Reality to offer a time travel experience to the visitors in future. Looking forward to seeing the plans come to fruition soon.