Discover The Rich Legacy Of India’s Auditing History At Shimla’s Chadwick House, Now The CAG Museum

Discover its fascinating transformation.

by Mallika Khurana
Discover The Rich Legacy Of India’s Auditing History At Shimla’s Chadwick House, Now The CAG Museum

Nestled in the picturesque hills of Shimla, Chadwick House stands as a timeless witness to India’s rich history and its march towards independence. This heritage building, now home to the CAG Museum, played a pivotal role during the British era and has strong ties to India’s fight for independence. The “Chadwick House: Navigating Audit Heritage” Museum was opened on June 24, 2024, by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Explore The CAG Museum At Historic Chadwick House

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Chadwick House, originally known as Chadwick Bungalow, has witnessed many important events. It served as the residence of the Governor of Burma during World War II when the Japanese army occupied Burma. Mahatma Gandhi stayed here in 1946 during his visit to Shimla for the Cabinet Mission. It certainly highlights its importance in India’s struggle for freedom.

After India gained independence, Chadwick House became a training school for the Indian Audit and Accounts Service in 1950. However, as the training school relocated, the building gradually fell into disrepair. By 2018, it was nearly demolished but was saved and restored by the Supreme Audit Institution of India.

The restoration of Chadwick House was a significant project, costing around ₹15 crore, according to ABP Live reports. Now, it stands as a two-story building featuring five galleries on the ground floor. Each of them is dedicated to different aspects of its history and the history of accounting in India. Reportedly, a special stone was also used in the reconstruction, maintaining its historical essence while incorporating modern features.

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A Journey Through India’s Auditing Legacy

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The museum serves as a repository of knowledge and inspiration. It captures the journey of the institution and its contributions to governance and democracy. The museum houses numerous artefacts, such as Remington typewriters, British-era franking machines, clocks, and trophies from various CAG field offices. As per the ABP Live reports, it also features cutting-edge interactive displays, diorama sets, digital archives, audio-visual presentations, and interactive kiosks, making the learning experience engaging and informative.

The CAG Museum at Chadwick House is open to the public. It invites visitors to explore and learn about the legacy and ongoing journey of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. 

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