Events 2018

Walk: Fort St. George – Aug. 25, 2018

Historian Sriram V will be leading a free tour of Fort St George between 7.00 and 9.30 am. Sriram, who penned a book on the Fort in 2016, will take you through familiar and unknown landmarks within the precincts, combining the tour with his racy anecdotes of historic happenings.

In order to comply with Fort regulations, prior registration is a must with name, age, nationality, email ID and contact number.
Please send the details to
Last date for registration, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Walk: A Journey to discover the bygone eras of Mylapore – Aug. 25, 2018

A Journey to discover the bygone eras of History, the eclectic paradigms of Architecture and the Tangible heritage of Mylapore, one of Chennai’s main historic enclaves.
As per common belief, the area just doesn’t have Agraharam Houses, but also heritage houses with ne0-classical architecture and Corinthian columns, houses with an amalgamation of classical, Indian, and Muslim style characteristics and inferences, houses built before 1930’s with wrought iron balustrades and houses from 1930’s – 1940’s constructed in the Art Deco style with distinct geometry.
Understand and explore the eclectic architecture of the ancient settlement, which helps to establish a deep connection with the past and goes back to a time where the past exists with the present and insinuates itself through the architecture and the layers of historic building fabric of the area.

From 6.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m.
Organised by Madras Inherited

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Workshop: Let’s Explore the Stone Age Tamil Nadu – Aug. 26, 2018

An exciting workshop on the Stone Age in and around Chennai! Sign up to learn the story of human evolution, make and use stone tools, dig a prehistoric site, learn all about fossils, and paint just like a prehistoric artist. Conducted by experts in Indian prehistory. Pre-registration is required. Last date for signing up: 24th August.

Please contact Dr. Kumar Akhilesh; Email:

Open to children between the ages of 7 to 15 years only.

Timings: Batch 1: 9.30-12.30 am and Batch 2: 2.30-4.30 pm.

No. of seats: 30 seats only per batch. Children may be accompanied by 2 adults.

Venue: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, 4 School Road, Sholinaganallore, (Next to Mrs. Ellen Sharma Memorial Matriculation & Higher Secondary School).

Workshop: Knowing your library storytelling and narrative – Aug. 17, 2018

Inviting city schools to register their pupils in this workshop :

One of Chennai’s treasure trove ‘The Madras Literary Society’ Public Library in DPI complex, Nungambakkam is going to be the venue for a very interesting ‘Knowing your library storytelling and narrative workshop’ for children aged between 3 – 12 years.

Details of the workshop :

Resource person: Mrs.Srividhya V, Thirupurasundari Sevvel, Uma Maheshwari

Duration : 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Fees: Rs.385/- per child (with certificates )
Date: 17th August ‘ 2018
Seats available: 25 on first cum first served basis.

Outcomes :

1) They will know the history of the 200-year library
2) Basics of library
3) Importance of library
4) Small cataloguing exercise
5) Colouring exercise
6) Role play ( Being a librarian )

Chennai homeschoolers with the Nam veedu Nam oor Nam kadhai For registration Contact: +919444253532 /

Talk – Madras in the 1860s – Rare Photos from the College of Arts – Aug. 16, 2018

In a long line of firsts, is one for photography. Within a few years of photography being invented, Madras was probably the first in Asia where it was formally taught as a subject. The 45min talk will screen some of the rare images and the monuments with some stories around them.

Speaker – Behaviourist Pradeep Chakravarthy looks at history to understand why people behave the way they do today. Currently working on his PhD, he does workshops for corporates and has written several books and articles on Tamil Nadu and Madras’s history.

At 5:30PM in IC&SR auditorium, IIT Madras campus.

An Extra Mural Lecture by IIT Madras
Open to all.

Museum Launch – Aug. 15, 2018

Madras Heritage Museum, a private centre curated and promoted by D. Hemchandra Rao will be launched at Virugambakkam. The place displays photos, coins, postage stamps and covers, maps, models and vintage objects on – Buckingham Canal, Light Houses and ‘red’ landmark buildings.

Date: Aug. 15, 2018. At 10.10 a.m.
Located in Ilango Nagar Annexe, off Kaliamman Koil Street ( landmark – Parvathi Bhawan restaurant).
Call 9840870172. ( Groups keen to visit may fix a visit with Rao)

Walk: The Buckingham Canal – Aug. 19, 2018

Historian-philatelist D. Hemchandra Rao repeats this tour of the Canal. The tour takes people to a few points on the Canal that was a key transport channel for the city as Rao presents snappy milestones of this Canal.
The tour has stops at the Central Station zone and Madras University, besides a walkaround the Basin Bridge area, to give you a closer look at key functions of this Canal in years gone by.
Starts at 7.30 a.m. Duration: 2 hours. Tour is by van and on foot.
Fee: Rs.150 ( van fee – to be paid when the tour starts / no cancellation).
Start Point: At the gate of Mylapore Club, Luz. 7.30 a.m.
To register, send a mail to – with ‘B. CANAL’ in the subject line – mention name/s and contact ph nos. First-come, first-serve.