Windows: Victoria and Albert Museum (1872)
Victoria Gardens, Parel Road, Byculla.
(presently Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr. Ambedkar Road).
There were no plans to include Prince Albert’s name along with Queen Victoria’s in the title of the proposed museum in Byculla. But with Albert’s sudden death on 14th December, 1861, at the age of 42, it was thought fitting to include his name in the title of institution.
When the Victoria Museum and Garden’s Committee asked whether the sprawling gardens surrounding the museum should also bear Albert’s name, the secretarial office in London clarified: ‘it is Her Majesty’s wish that the Horticultural Gardens should be considered under her peculiar and personal patronage and protection.’