The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 1: Visiting Mutiny Memorial Sites
Visiting Mutiny Memorial Sites
THE extracts reproduced below show the extent to which visitors in the Victorian era had converted large swathes of India into ‘mutiny memorial sites’, where they could relive the scenes of carnage and suffering that they had so often read about. Amongst these sites were included the ruins of the residency in Lucknow, the Memorial Well in Kanpur and the Mutiny Memorial tower constructed in 1863 near the Kashmiri gate of the Old City. They all became the subject of controversy in post-Independence India. The well monument in Kanpur was moved by the British to the grounds of the nearby All Souls Memorial Church a year after India achieved independence in order to protect the site ...