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Things Unbound: Sensory Encounters with Objects in Museums in India and the UK

Things Unbound: Sensory Encounters with Objects in Museums in India and the UK

Dr. Alexandra Woodall, an experienced museum and gallery interpretation practitioner, researcher, teacher and consultant, shares with us her project Things Unbound. Introduction This blog post explores one aspect of the Things Unbound project, a partnership funded by UKIERI and the British Academy (2014-2017), between the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK (led by Professor Sandra Dudley) …

Museums and Online Learning – Creating online learning resources that teachers want to use

Museums and Online Learning – Creating online learning resources that teachers want to use

Izzy Bartley, Digital Learning Officer at Leeds Museums and Galleries, UK, shares with ReReeti, her insights on museums and online learning. Providing web-based resources for teachers to use with their students is a fantastic way for museums, galleries and heritage sites to broaden their engagement and extend their reach.  With an online resource, even the smallest site has the potential …

Curatorship to partnership – Next steps for museums to build community and audience

Curatorship to partnership – Next steps for museums to build community and audience

In the second part of Next Steps for Museums to Build Community and Audience, Mantej Singh, shares with ReReeti an interview with Museum Director, Carmel Aiello.  This article explores the curatorial approach to working with community through discussing the example of the Fairfield Museum and Gallery in Western Sydney  – a small museum with big community connections. Fairfield is one of …

Next Steps For Museums To Build Community And Audience

Next Steps For Museums To Build Community And Audience

In Next Steps for Museums to Build Community and Audience, Mantej Singh, talks to ReReeti about a subject he is passionate about – bringing community and culture together and how to retain and engage audience as well as communities. Mantej is a community and cultural development specialist based in Australia.  This is an exploration on how to bring community and museums on the …

In conversation with Medhavi Gandhi of The Heritage Lab

In conversation with Medhavi Gandhi of The Heritage Lab

The Heritage Lab is an organisation based out of Chandigarh, North India. It   connects citizens  and museums through sharing content and engaging events and campaigns. Tejshvi Jain of ReReeti had the opportunity to speak with Medhavi Gandhi the Founder. Here are some interesting snippets from their dialogue.   TJ: How did The Heritage Lab come about and what is its vision? MG: The …

International Museum Day 2017

International Museum Day 2017

International Museum Day 2017   What is the relationship between museums, objects and people? This year’s International Museum Day’s theme – Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums provides an opportunity to ponder upon the significance and relevance of museums in the present times. It also provides us a chance to exercises our empathy muscles. While, acceptance of a contested history is the first …

Is the future female? Gender equality and equity in musuem leadership

Is the future female? Gender equality and equity in musuem leadership

In my previous post, I explored the idea of gendering the museum space, interrogating as to how museum spaces function as nurturing, comfortable places for women to visit, where they can access stimulating ideas, and connect with like-minded individuals. I was viewing the museum space from the perspective of women visitors, seeing as to how they engaged and interacted with …

Gendering of museum spaces

Gendering of museum spaces

Given that museums are increasingly emerging as vital public spaces in urban settings, it would be worth contemplating upon the gendering of the museum spaces as well. I would like to explore (in a two part post) both gendered participation in and response to the museum space and exhibits as well as direct my focus towards those working in these …

Why are museums important and how can they be made interesting to kids

Why are museums important and how can they be made interesting to kids

Why are museums important and how can they be made interesting for kids According to a research done by the Smithsonian Institution’s Early Learning Collaborative Network and Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) 2012, learning in museums highly aid in the understanding of the world around us.  The research indicated that 1)  Museums, with their real artifacts, dioramas, and immersive exhibitions provide …

Talking with your visitors – not at them

Talking with your visitors – not at them

In Talking with your visitors – not at them’, Lucy Harland talks about the importance of visitor’s voice and simple ways of asking for visitor feedback and reflections . The examples reflect ways in which one can increase their audience engagement within their institution.   An essential part of good conversation is listening to the other person. If we are only thinking …