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ABOUT THE EVENT
The online exhibit has been curated by Fareeda Farsana and it will be followed by a Talk by Sajjad Shahid on Munn Maps in Hyderabadi Anecdotes.
The Munn Maps are a set of 550 maps of Hyderabad in the Kalakriti Archive. These maps were commissioned by the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1908 after the devastating floods in the city. The project was undertaken under the supervision of Leonard Munn (1878-1935), an engineer, who was the chief inspector of the mines under the Nizam regime. Others who assisted Munn, were A.F. Chinoy as assistant and A.T. Mackenzie as chief engineer from the P.W.D. The maps are precious as they are in a great detail with names of streets, landmarks, and even names of residents who appeared prominently on the map. In total 848 maps were created by the Hyderabad municipal survey during 1912-1915 out of which 550 are in the Kalakriti Archive. These maps are a window into the history of the Hyderabad and its localities. The richly detailed maps give an extremely important account of the urbanity and how it developed in the early 20th Century.