Gandhi and the Viceroy

The creation of Commonweal Collection and thus the  Commonweal Archives owe much to Gandhi’s ideas on non-violence.  So we are always interested to find new images or documents relating to him.  See a note from Gandhi to Lord Mountbatten, in which he explained on the back of an envelope that he could not speak because he was keeping a day of silence, and a photo of them having tea at the Viceroy’s house in a new online exhibition of the Broadlands Archives at the University of Southampton.

The Mountbatten papers within this immense and important collection (4500 boxes!)  tell the story of the birth of modern India and Pakistan.   Southampton University is currently fundraising to secure this vital archive for the nation.

PS June 2010 – great news, this archive has been saved thanks to a £2 million grant.

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