I posted the Royal Arsenal photo on the IKRHS Facebook group.
Mr. Bardan Shumsher Thapa, a student who is a resident of Kathmandu, referred to the group by VK Kunwor, made the following comments:
“Yes , they are kept at Basantapur Durbar . Underground arsenal. They are kept under Hanuman Dhoka museum . it's not possible [to visit], one big problem caused by 2072 earthquake . The museum inchargers don’t take it out, they take it out only during Dashain festival to worship these weapons. Yes it would be wonderful to see in high resolution but the museum inchargers dont allow we individuals.”
Very interesting. It seems that museum curators the world over are the same way. I wonder what sort of academic credentials would help one to gain access to such items?
I am pleased that the IKRHS Facebook page is attracting lots of new blood. I hope that those new faces will be seen over here too. My main concern regarding facebook is that such information as you have shared above will be lost in the ether to a certain extent, as there would be no way to accurately store and search for the information.
The best thing about IKRHS is the Twelve or so years worth of knowledge we have accumulated, and continue to add to. It is a constant source of information, and I usually find answers to questions before I have to ask them.
I do hope we can find a way to keep what we already have, so that we can build on it in the future.