Birthplace of George Orwell in India to become museum

It will be the world's first museum dedicated to Orwell.
By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |  Updated June 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM
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MOTIHARI , India, June 30 (UPI) -- The tiny home in Motihari, India, where British writer George Orwell was born, will be restored and converted into an Orwell museum.

Work on the derelict building has begun, and the Bihar state government announced plans and funding to make it the world's first museum dedicated to the author of Animal Farm and 1984, as well as numerous other books, political essays, and commentaries.

Orwell, whose real name was Eric Blair, was born in the house near the border between India and Nepal and adjacent to an opium warehouse, in 1903. His father, Richard Blair, worked for the Indian Civil Service as a supervisor of poppy growers collecting opium to be exported to China.

Orwell moved to England as a one-year-old. "I am delighted that my father's old house is now under restoration and will be turned into a museum, a museum which will be the only one in the world. For many decades the house was allowed to decay, so it's only to be applauded that the Bihar government now sees fit to put money into the project," said the writer's son, Richard Blair.

Chancel Kumar, who heads Bihar's art and culture department, said the Bihar government is committed to the project, adding, "We'll design the museum with the help of experts. Orwell was a great writer, so money is not the issue. His son's support gives us hope that we will succeed."

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