The dilapidated colonial bungalow in which Orwell was born in India is being restored.
A dilapidated colonial bungalow where the writer was born in 1903 in Motihari, Bihar state, will become world’s first Orwell museum.
Conservationists in India have started to restore the dilapidated colonial bungalow in which George Orwell was born, as the government of Bihar state announced plans to convert it into a museum dedicated to the author. Besides the three-room house in which Orwell was born on 25 June 1903, the property in the small town of Motihari consists of a few tiny cottages and a large warehouse that was used to store opium.
Orwell’s father, Richard W Blair, worked in the remote town near the Indian-Nepalese border for the opium department, supervising poppy growers and collecting opium for export to China. Many of the buildings are in ruins, but the bungalow and a nearby cottage still stand, and are being restored along with the warehouse.
Despite Orwell’s influence on popular culture, there is no museum celebrating his contribution to literature and journalism, says the writer’s son, Richard Blair. “I am delighted 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,” he says. “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.”