Sassoon's gift for Mumbai readers
The interiors of the library
All of you who might have stepped into the hallowed interiors of The David Sassoon Library and Reading Room, and have wondered about its many treasures, this might be a great opportunity to know more about this landmark. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the library, a series of events were held at the space from last week.
The weeklong itinerary closes with the screening of Hall of Knowledge, a film by Arvind Dave, a member of the library for over 30 years. The film talks of the Library as a heritage structure and space for seeking knowledge, and as a cultural icon of Mumbai.
- It was the first building to come up in the Fort area when the old fort was demolished.
- It was originally called Sassoon Mechanic’s Institute. Then, it housed a library and a museum of mechanical models and architecture.
- The library’s oldest book is a 1798 publication of letters and correspondence between Henry St John, Viscount of Bolingbroke and Queen Anne during the time he was secretary of state to the Queen.
- The grand library was presented to the city by Sir Albert Sassoon, the son of David.
AT: Kala Ghoda, Fort.