Tea Plantation Workers’ Museum and Archive
The first Tea Plantation Workers’ Museum and Archive was established in 2007 by the Institute of Social Development. Situated in hundred year old line room (workers quarters) in the Old Peacock’s Estate in Paradeka Gampola, on the way to Nuwara-Eliya from Gampola. The Tea Plantation Workers’ Museum and Archive aims to protect and preserve the cultural heritage of the early plantation community. The museum presents the life of the early plantation community in four facets.
The museum consists of a unique collection of artifacts such as cultural and ritual items, household goods and appliances used by the early migrant workers. Another phase includes a historical photo gallery offering an insight to the historical setting of the Tea Industry (including Coffee) and the origin of the migrant Tea Plantation workers. The Archive consists of various books and documents including written folk lore, and further provides the opportunity to see videos of folk dances providing a wider spectrum of the diverse aspects of the plantation community. (Open from Tuesday to Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm)