The Citizen’s Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a voluntary non-profit organization dedicated to commemorating the collective and individual Pakistani experience across all segments and communities of Pakistan. CAP has been formed as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1960 as the first ever youth led private initiative to collect, archive, study, disseminate and exhibit all aspects of Pakistan’s history – both before and after partition. Our vision is to develop CAP as the foremost library and museum of Pakistani history, photography, culture and literature demonstrating the strength and spirit of Pakistan from the citizen’s perspective.

The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and Engro Corp are proud to announce ‘The Birth of Pakistan’, a unique exhibition for children above the age of 7 years exploring the early years of Pakistan. This exhibition is one of many community-outreach projects that lie at the heart of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan. We strive to create interactive, engaging exhibits for children in order to include their voices in a dialogue about our history and identity. ‘The Birth of Pakistan’ takes visitors through the defining moments of the Pakistan Movement, the creation of Pakistan in 1947 and the subsequent trials and successes faced by citizens in the five years following the birth of the newly independent nation. This exhibition is particularly focused on children and younger visitors to the Mohatta Palace Museum and traces the evolution of the idea of ‘Pakistan’.
‘The Birth of Pakistan’ takes children on a journey from the Lahore Resolution of 1940 and traces the struggle to achieve a Muslim homeland in 1947. The exhibit features a unique ‘train journey’ from India to Pakistan, recreations of make-shift government offices and refugee tents, a chance for children to explore the contents of a ‘sundook’ or trunk brought to Pakistan by a migrant, 3-D photographs and film clips of major moments in Pakistan’s early history. We hope visitors will emerge from the exhibition with a clear picture of the struggles and triumphs of the first generation of Pakistanis.

The exhibition is completely free for educational institutions and we encourage teachers to take advantage of this opportunity.

Dates: March 23 – June 23, 2010

Venue: The Mohatta Palace Museum, Hatim Alvi Road, Clifton, Karachi-75600

Timings: Tuesday – Friday 10.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday closed

Free entry for students

All bookings must be made one week prior to your visit

All schools must register the number of students attending the exhibition, the name of a teacher accompanying them and a contact number for the teacher. Please send these details to citizensarchive@gmail.com or contact us on 0332-3392004 and 0332-2541272. We can accommodate up to a 100 students at once.