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Museums and Children: Nurturing an Indispensable Relationship for Building a Better Tomorrow

Museums and Children: Nurturing an Indispensable Relationship for Building a Better Tomorrow

This month we’re in conversation with Dr. Kanika Mondal, a museum consultant working within Gujarat, she also recently joined IGNCA, Vadodara as Project Associate. Her specialisation and expertise lies in conceiving and conducting special learning programs for children at museums. ReReeti : Children comprise a significant part of the audience in museums be it in India or elsewhere. You seem …

Chalo to Museums in India

Chalo to Museums in India

Museum as an entity has surpassed its standard definition as a mere repository of objects. In the 21st century the museum across the globe, has expanded its reach into not just spheres of learning and education but has also been established as an important civic node for social and cultural exchange.  Our blog this month is a call to action to …

The Mehrangarh Sojourn

The Mehrangarh Sojourn

In conversation with Mr. Karni Singh Jasol, Director – Mehrangarh  Fort Museum Trust, Jodhpur. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in India.  Mehrangarh Museum Trust Foundation has been recognized by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Excellence , the Fassa Bortolo Domus Award  and the Aga Khan Award for Architectural Conservation. Geetanjali Joshi of ReReeti had 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 …

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 …

In conversation with  Kuldeep Kothari, Secretary, Rupayan Sansthan,

In conversation with Kuldeep Kothari, Secretary, Rupayan Sansthan,

The words Arna-Jharna literally mean ‘forest spring’. On one hand, it would seem to be an appropriate name for a museum devoted to the study of traditional knowledge systems within a larger ecology. Arna-Jharna also happens to be the local name of the region surrounding the museum, which is located 23 kilometres outside Jodhpur city in the semi-arid zone of the northwestern …

Building New Audiences in an Asian Museum

Building New Audiences in an Asian Museum

Caroline Lang, Former Head of Education and Public Programmes, Hong Kong Maritime Museum shares her experience of working in an Asian museum and points out the difference she saw in comparison to museums in London.  When I arrived at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum in early 2012 it was about to reopen on a new and enlarged site. Previously the museum had attracted mainly specialist visitors who already had an interest …

Prospective Solutions to Understanding Heritage through Statistics

Prospective Solutions to Understanding Heritage through Statistics

Gaurav Yadav, scientist in-charge at the Regional Museum of Natural History in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, puts forward a new model study, purely speculative, called the Heritage Sustainability Potential that attempts to quantify the value of heritage. Recently, while undertaking some research on demography, I visited several universities in the country, particularly interacting with students from the department of science, mathematics, physics, …